Story: Ngārara – reptiles

Whakapapa of tuatara and lizards

Whakapapa of tuatara and lizards

In this whakapapa (genealogical chart), tuatara and lizards descend from Tangaroa, the god of the sea. Lizards are shown to descend from Punga, whose progeny were believed to be repulsive. Punga’s son Tū-te-wanawana (also called Tū-te-wehiwehi) had the following offspring: the kawekaweau, tuatara, mokopāpā (Pacific gecko) and mokomoko (skink). The term ngārara could mean tuatara, lizards, or reptiles.

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Bradford Haami, 'Ngārara – reptiles - What are ngārara?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Bradford Haami, published 24 Sep 2007