Story: Tangaroa – the sea

Tangaroa hands back Robert Hewitt

Tangaroa hands back Robert Hewitt

In 2006, Robert Hewitt was lost in the sea while diving near Mana Island, Wellington. After three days he was found alive. He credited the love of his fiancée and family together with his Navy training as a diver for getting him through his ordeal. He also thanked Tangaroa, god of the sea, for bringing him home.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Tangaroa – the sea - Creation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 September 2023)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 12 Jun 2006