Story: Ngārara – reptiles

Te Ngārara Huarau stamp

Te Ngārara Huarau stamp

This stamp, issued in 2000, shows Te Ngārara Huarau, which appears in many traditions. In some of these, it was a giant reptile that was burnt alive in a building. Part of the reptile – the tail, or the scales – escaped and became the forerunner of lizards.

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Reference: 2000 Spirits and Guardians stamp issue

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Bradford Haami, 'Ngārara – reptiles - What are ngārara?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/postage-stamp/12933/te-ngarara-huarau-stamp (accessed 27 May 2019)

Story by Bradford Haami, published 24 Sep 2007