Ki Te Ao Matihiko

By Kereama Taepa

Ki Te Ao Matihiko is a kūwaha (gateway), that brings visitors into the virtual space of Mana Moana. The kūwaha comprises atua that attempts to identify a whakapapa of both the Mana Moana project as well as the virtual world within which we currently spend most of our time – and so.. there are four atua that complete the circular kūwaha: Hine-moana (atua of the Pacific Ocean), Tāne-nui-a-Rangi (creator of Hineahuone, father of Hine-tītama and procurer of the baskets of knowledge), Te Uira (atua of lightning) and Hine-te-iwaiwa (atua of weaving).