• Tanemahuta is the God of the Forest. After Tanemahuta separated his parents, Ranginui (Sky father) and Papatuanuku (Earth mother), he wanted to decorate the night sky with stars. So he went to the meeting house, Hui Te Rangiora, which contained Te Whanau Marama (the family of light). He asked the parents Wainui and Tangotango if he could take some of their star children to decorate the night sky. They said yes, so he fashioned the first kete (basket) out of the vines and tissue, still connecting Ranginui and Papatuanuku, to hold these star children. This image depicts Tanemahuta holding a toki (adze) gathering the materials to create this kete.