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  • Mangonui History Information New Zealand

    …them as dragons. Many taniwha looked like reptiles, had wings and ate people, some could even change their shape and move between different forms. Some taniwha took the shape of sharks and it is after this that Mangonui is named. Mangonui is named after a guardian taniwha who in the form of a giant…

  • Māori Culture New Zealand, Māori Culture, Traditions and Tourism

    …roading project was modified to avoid disturbing a taniwha (water monster). In its original form, the roading project would have encroached on a swamp which is the home of a one-eyed taniwha, Karutahi. The local tribe, Ngati Naho, believes the taniwha spends half the year in the swamp. It has a…

  • Mangonui Regional Information New Zealand

    …legend that leads one unlock even more Māori myths and legends. The Mangonui means "big shark" a reference to the mythological taniwha who in the form of a shark accompanied the canoe Riukaramea into the harbour. Mangonui stares into the breath taking Doubtless Bay. It was in this…

  • Marlborough History, Historical Places in Marlborough New Zealand

    …the area's natural beauty. The present bridge was built in the 1950s. The story of Tuhirangi, otherwise known as Pelorus Jack Tuhirangi was the taniwha who guided Kupe's ship from Hawaiki, the ancestral home of the Māori people. On arrival in Aotearoa, Tuhirangi took up residence in the…

  • Kerikeri Activites New Zealand

    …historical tour. Local attractions include the Cape Brett Lighthouse, Haruru Falls, (a rare horseshoe-shaped waterfall that flows to the legendary 'taniwha' or water monster in the lagoon below), and the Grand Cathedral Cave, (or 'the hole in the rock'). Kerikeri History, Art and Fruit Historic…

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