Story: Taniwha

Mangō taniwha

Mangō taniwha

Looking at this great white shark, with jaws bared, it is no wonder that these creatures were traditionally linked with taniwha. The great white’s Māori name was Makō (or Mangō) taniwha.

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Basil Keane, 'Taniwha - Sharks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2021)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007