Story: Taniwha

Ngāwhā springs

Ngāwhā springs

This pool at Ngāwhā springs (photographed in 1913) was one of the places where the taniwha Takauere was said to appear in the form of a log. When a prison was to be built at Ngāwhā the local people lodged an objection. Among other things, they feared it would disturb the traditional area of Takauere.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Northwood Collection (PA-Group-00027)
Reference: 1/2-03000-F
Photograph by Northwood Brothers

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Taniwha - Taniwha today', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2022)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007