Story: Taniwha

Hatupatu’s rock

Hatupatu’s rock

Te kōhatu o Hatupatu is beside State Highway 1 at Ātiamuri. Hatupatu was being chased by Kurangaituku, a tipua (supernatural being) who was part woman, part bird. He said a karakia (charm) to allow the rock to open and let him hide inside. Small sprigs of bracken can be seen around the depression in the rock – passers-by often place an offering of twigs, bracken and sometimes food there. This practice was also common at places said to be inhabited by taniwha.

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Photograph by Basil Keane

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Basil Keane, 'Taniwha - Taniwha slayers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/10895/hatupatus-rock (accessed 19 August 2019)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007