In one South Island tradition, the demigod Māui fought Tuna, a supernatural giant eel, because it had frightened his wives, Hine-tū-repo and Hine-te-ngahere. Māui cut Tuna in half. One part became the sea-dwelling conger eel (ngōiro, or kōiro in the South Island), and the other a freshwater eel.
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Reference: 1994 Series regarding Maui
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