The pīwakawaka has an important place in Māori mythology: it is said to be responsible for the presence of death in the world. The demigod Māui, believing he could give mankind everlasting life by entering the goddess of death through the pathway of birth, was thwarted when the pīwakawaka awoke. The goddess, Hine-nui-te-pō, was so angry with Māui that she ended his life by crushing him between her legs. Although not to be feared, this small bird - also known as New Zealand Fantail - can be interpreted as a portent of death.
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