Story: Taniwha

Māripi (shark-tooth knife)

Māripi (shark-tooth knife)

Sharks’ teeth form a serrated blade on the māripi (shark-tooth knife). In tradition, Ao-kehu, a taniwha slayer, climbed into a hollowed log, to be swallowed by the taniwha in the Whanganui River known as Tūtaeporoporo. He used two māripi to cut his way out, killing the taniwha in the process.

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Basil Keane, 'Taniwha - Sharks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/10888/maripi-shark-tooth-knife (accessed 16 December 2019)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007