Story: Whenua – how the land was shaped

Ngake and Whātaitai

Ngake and Whātaitai

This artwork by Lee Watt depicts the two taniwha Ngake and Whātaitai after the great earthquake at Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington Harbour). Whātaitai (left) is shown curling up to form Motukairangi, while Ngake makes the channel from the harbour to Cook Strait.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Whenua – how the land was shaped - Lakes, rivers and harbours', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 12 Jun 2006