Story: Tangaroa – the sea

Southern right whale

Southern right whale

This southern right whale, with callosities, is surfacing in Te Waewae Bay, Southland. In one tradition, Tinirau’s pet whale, Tutunui, was killed and eaten by Kae, a priest. Kae was ultimately killed by Tinirau for this deed.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Tangaroa – the sea - Tinirau and Kae', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 July 2022)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 12 Jun 2006