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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