Story: Ngārara – reptiles

Tuatara hatching

Tuatara hatching

This tuatara is hatching out of an egg. In one tradition, reptiles originated from Peketua. He made an egg out of clay and asked Tāne, the god of the forest, to give it life.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Richard Sharell Collection
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Bradford Haami, 'Ngārara – reptiles - What are ngārara?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/12932/tuatara-hatching (accessed 22 May 2019)

Story by Bradford Haami, published 24 Sep 2007