Story: Traditional Māori religion – ngā karakia a te Māori



Āraiteuru is the taniwha shown on this stamp. One tradition sees her as a guardian for early voyaging canoes, and her sons are credited with making the different branches of the Hokianga Harbour.

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Reference: 2000 Spirits and Guardians stamp issue

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Basil Keane, 'Traditional Māori religion – ngā karakia a te Māori - Ngā atua – the gods', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 October 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 May 2011