Story: Waikato tribes

Waipā River

Waipā River

The Waipā River, pictured, converges with the Waikato River at Ngāruawāhia. According to the Waikato people, the ancestor Tūheitia was transformed into a taniwha after his death, and came to live in the Waipā River.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Waikato tribes - Ancestors', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/4373/waipa-river (accessed 23 March 2019)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 3 Mar 2017