Kōrero: Taniwha

Te taniwha o Kawautahi

Te taniwha o Kawautahi

He roto iti a Kawautahi kei te taha whakarunga o te awa o Rētāruke, he kautawa o Whanganui. Kāore tēnei wāhi i haerea e te Māori nā te mea he taniwha kei reira. I te tau 1892 ka whai mahi ētahi Māori nō Taumarunui – a Warahi, a Pita Te Aitua, a Piki - mā tētahi kairūri e rūri ana i te roto nei. Ahakoa ngā māharahara, nā te pai o ngā utu ka whakaae te tokotoru rā. I a rātou e mahi ana, ka whakaekea rātou e te taniwha. Ahakoa te taotū, ka puta rātou. Nō muri ka kōrero rātou mō tēnei āhuatanga ki a T.W Downes, te kaitā i te pikitia.

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Reference: A-076-012
Watercolour by Thomas William Downes

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Basil Keane, 'Taniwha - Taniwha ki te wai māori', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/artwork/10874/te-taniwha-o-kawautahi (accessed 23 October 2019)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007