Story: Taniwha



The taniwha Tuhirangi accompanied the legendary explorer Kupe on his voyage of discovery to New Zealand. It was reputed that Kupe placed Tuhirangi in Te Moana-o-Raukawa (Cook Strait) as a guardian.

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Reference: 2000 Spirits and Guardians stamp issue

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Basil Keane, 'Taniwha - Whales, dolphins and enchanted logs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 October 2021)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007