Story: Ngārara – reptiles

Tuatara door handle

Tuatara door handle

This metal tuatara is actually a door handle. It is said that Tuatara once lived in the sea, but argued with his brother Mangō (shark) about whether to stay there or go to the land. Tuatara moved onto the land and Mangō stayed in the sea. While Mangō warned him of dangers, Tuatara said that he would be fine as his looks would frighten everybody. Some tribes considered the tuatara a bad omen.

Using this item

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Photograph by Leanne Tamaki

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Bradford Haami, 'Ngārara – reptiles - From sea to land', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/12935/tuatara-door-handle (accessed 24 October 2019)

Story by Bradford Haami, published 24 Sep 2007