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Tāne Mahuta
Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tāne Mahuta is a giant kauri tree (Agathis australis) in the Waipoua Forest of Northland Region, New Zealand.
It's age is unknown but is estimated to be between 1250 and 2500 years old.
Its Māori name means "Lord of the Forest" (see Tāne), from the name of a god in the Māori pantheon.
Tāne Mahuta is the largest kauri known to stand today, and has the following measurements:
Trunk girth 13.77 m, Trunk height 17.68 m, Total height 51.2 m, Trunk volume 244.5 m³, Total volume including the crown 516.7 mC³.
The tree is a remnant of the ancient subtropical rainforest that once grew on the North Auckland Peninsula.
Other giant kauri are found nearby, notably Te Matua Ngahere.
Tāne Mahuta is the oldest and the most famous tree in New Zealand.
It is thought it was discovered and identified in the 1920s when contractors surveyed the present State Highway 12 route through the forest.
In 1928 Nicholas Yakas and other bushmen, who were building the road, also identified the tree.

According to Māori mythology Tāne is the son of Ranginui the sky father and Papatuanuku the earth mother.
Tane was the child that tore his parentís parental embrace and once done set about clothing his mother in the forest we have today.
All living creatures of the forest are regarded as Tāneís children.

For more information about Tane_Mahuta see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tane_Mahuta) see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, January 2009.
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