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


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

The wiriwiri trembling hand action performed during the haka dance is a physical representation of the shimmering heat referred to in 'Te haka a Tanerore'.

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.