You may already be familiar with the legendary demi-god Māui, but if you listen closely, you will learn about the central women responsible for his feats. One was Māui’s grandmother, Murirangawhenua, who provided him with her jawbone to enable him to fish up the North Island and slow down the sun.
There was also Mahuika, also Māui’s grandmother, who was the goddess of fire with fingernails made of sacred flames and was eventually deceived by Māui in order to bring fire to the world.
Women were also the source of great love, including the story of Māori nobility Hinemoa who fell in love with a common warrior named Tūtānekai. Hinemoa’s love was so great for Tūtānekai that despite their family’s efforts to keep them apart, she risked her life and swam across Lake Rotorua to be with him.