Kōrero: Taniwha

He moni koura

He moni koura

I whakamahia te moni koura nō te kīngi i mua i Aotearoa. I whānau mai a Leo Fowler i 1902. I roto i Te Ao Hou, nō Maehe 1959, i kōrerotia e ia tētahi kōrero mō te ōritetanga o te taniwha i whakamatea e Hato Hori i runga i te moni koura ki te taniwha Māori tūturu.

‘Kāore anō au kia kite i te taniwha, ki a au, anō me ngā kaipānui. Kua tūtaki au ki ētahi i mea mai kua kitea te taniwha e rātou. He tāngata tōtika ēnei. I mea mai taku tino hoa, a Nepia Pomare (Nō Ngāpuhi, ko taku matua kaitiaki) he āhua ōrite te taniwha i runga i ngā moni koura ki tētahi i kitea e ia. E kore ia e whakahua i te ingoa o te taniwha nei (he tino tapu nōna). Ko te tinana he ōrite ki te taniwha i runga i te moni koura, engari he paku ngā pākau, ko te ūpoko he ūpoko manaia.’

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Basil Keane, 'Taniwha - Ngā toa patu taniwha', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/object/10897/he-moni-koura (accessed 26 June 2019)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007