Story: Te aitanga pepeke – the insect world

Tuatara eating a wētā

Tuatara eating a wētā

A tuatara (a primitive reptile) eats a wētā (a grasshopper-like insect). In a Ngāti Porou tradition, the Māngārara canoe carried insects including wētā, and reptiles including tuatara, to New Zealand.

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Bradford Haami, 'Te aitanga pepeke – the insect world - Insects and canoes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Bradford Haami, published 24 Sep 2007