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When father and son greet each other in it is in the respectful, traditional greeting, the hongi. Referencing the monent when life was breathed into the nostrils of the first woman, Hineahuone, by the creator god Tāne. 


Mark Derby. 'Māori manners and social behaviour – ngā mahi tika - Welcome and hospitality', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 13-Dec-13 
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/41176/origin-of-the-hongi




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