Story: Taniwha



This work depicts the twin aspects of the taniwha Haumapuhia, from Waikaremoana. The left side of the face is Haumapuhia as a young woman. Her father changed her into a taniwha (right side of the face). The picture also shows the various branches of Lake Waikaremoana, which she created in her struggles to break out to sea. Shane Evans of Ngāi Tahu created the piece while attending Queen Charlotte College in Picton.

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Scholastic New Zealand
Reference: Annie Rae Te Ake Ake, Myths and legends of Aotearoa. Scholastic New Zealand Ltd: Auckland. 1999, p. 35
Acrylic on paper by Shane Evans

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Basil Keane, 'Taniwha - Freshwater taniwha', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007