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In Maori mythology, Tane-Rore is the personification of shimmering air as he performs a haka for his mother Hine-raumati.


Tama-nui-te-ra had two wives, Hine-takurua and Hine-raumati. The child of Tama-nui-te-ra and Hine-raumati, Tane-rore is credited with the origin of dance.

The 'weriweri trembling hand action performed during the haka dance is a physical representation of the shimmering heat referred to in many different hakas around the motu but the main haka would refer to " Te haka a Tane Rore"

It is Maori belief that on occasions when the land is so hot that the air shimmers, you can see Tane-rore perform a haka for his mother. The wiriwiri or shimmering air is reminiscent of his trembling hand actions.


  • Best, Elsdon (7 October 1901). "The Diversions of the Whare Tapere: Some Account of the various Games, Amusements, and Trials of Skill practised by the Maori in Former Times". Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
  • "'HAKA', from An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock, originally published in 1966". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.