Story: Waterfalls

Te Rēinga Falls

Te Rēinga Falls

This painting from the 1880s by Edward Roper Stapleton Sandys evokes the grandeur of the Te Rēinga falls in inland Gisborne. The local tribe, Ngā Hine Hika, believe that a taniwha (water monster), Hinekōrako, lives beneath the falls.

Download the document to read a story of Hinekōrako written by pupils at Te Rēinga Maori School in the 1950s (55 KB).

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: C-075-013
Pastel drawing by Edward Roper Stapleton Sandys

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Waterfalls - Māori and waterfalls', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007