He nui ōna āhuatanga. Hei tauira: "Kua hinga te tōtara o te wao tapu nui a Tāne." Ko tērā rākau ko te tōtara he rākau nui i roto i te ao Māori. Ka mutu, he rākau nui ka tipu ana, ka pakari ana, ka kitea tonutia anō tōna roa, tōna whānui i roto i te ngahere ka pakari ana tērā rākau. Nō reira, e whakarite ana koe i te tangata ki taua rākau rā.
There are several explanations for this. As an example, "The mighty tōtara of the great forest of Tāne has fallen." According to Māori tradition, the tōtara tree was held with high regard. It began as a seedling growing to great heights and sizes and was the protector of the forest. Because of this, it was likened to great leaders.