In New Zealand Maori mythology, the beginning of existence (energy, potential, the void, nothingness) – Io Matua Kore – gave birth to Ranginui (Sky Father) and Papatuanuku (Mother Earth) – who in turn gave birth to children such as Tangaroa (sea), Tane (forests and birds), Haumia (wild plants) – these children created Te Tai Ao – our precious natural forest environment from which our bees harvest honey from.