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E HOKI MAI-(the home coming) The journey of the Maori is seen by many as the return to the land where they came from. The bond to Papatuanuku (mother earth) is strongest for women. Red is the colour of blood and earth - the most sacred colour for Maori people. Women are the most vulnerable and carry the seed of the spirit. Men who have lost the bond to Papatuanuku can regain it in togetherness with women.
In Maori traditions(Aotearoa) Taranga, the mother of Māui, stands over her newborn son, who floats on the ocean. Above her the baby lies on his mother's hair. When he was stillborn she set him into the sea wrapped in her tikitiki, a topknot of hair. Māui became known as Māui-tikitiki-a-Taranga. On one side of Taranga Māui, as a kererū, looks down on his father, and on her other side are Māui's brothers. In this tradition, Māui washed ashore and was raised by his grandfather.