Story: Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration

Stone deposits

Stone deposits

This map shows the main deposits of stone that Māori used. In one tradition, a man chases a taniwha from the North Island to the South Island, visiting a number of important stone quarries. The story is an oral map of these resources.

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Source: Malcolm McKinnon, ed. Bateman New Zealand historical atlas. Auckland: Bateman, 1997

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration - The South Island', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2022)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 24 Sep 2007