Story: Taniwha

Te Rēinga falls

Te Rēinga falls

This watercolour of Te Rēinga falls near Wairoa was painted in 1845. One tradition tells of Hine-kōrako, a female taniwha who married a local man. After being insulted by his people, she went to live under Te Rēinga falls. One day, when the Wairoa River was in flood, a canoe carrying local people was being swept towards the falls. In desperation a kaumātua (elder) called out to her, and she rescued those on board.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: C-075-013
Pastel drawing by Edward Roper Stapleton Sandys

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How to cite this page:

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

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007