Story: Taniwha



Āraiteuru is the famed taniwha represented on this stamp. She is said to have arrived in New Zealand with the early voyaging canoes, and her 11 sons are credited with creating the various branches of the Hokianga Harbour.

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Reference: 2000 Spirits and Guardians stamp issue

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Basil Keane, 'Taniwha - Taniwha of the sea', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 May 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007