It puts a bit of a different slant on things.
Deep in the ocean Tohora [the Whale] would swim and sleep upon occasion and one night a vision came upon him of his brother Kauri [the mighty Tree] cast in the very oceans he swam in sailing upon the waves carrying a strange and frightening creature of power and fragile immense light filled mortality. […]
And lo it did come to pass that the great forest guardian Tane, father of Tohora and Kauri, fashioned out of the flesh of his mother earth the first human being and upon seeing his creation love[d] it so that he imbued upon this last born the sacred divine spark of life and the sacred breath. And lo the first of our kind was born and she was the most beautiful of all creation and her name was “She who was fashioned of the flesh of grandmother earth.” She was to all creation a strange mortal creature full of light and hope. And from her all human descendents were born.