Story: Tapa whenua – naming places

Parapara Inlet

Parapara Inlet

The tradition of a man-eating taniwha at Parapara Inlet, Golden Bay appears to have been transferred almost wholesale from the island of Taha‘a in Tahiti. According to the tradition, a taniwha named ‘Aifa‘arua‘i (New Zealand’s Kaiwhakaruaki) terrorised people travelling between Parapara, Taha‘a (Tākaka in New Zealand) and Motue‘a (Motueka).

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Tapa whenua – naming places - Traditions and place names from Polynesia', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 24 Nov 2008