This painting from the 1880s by Edward Roper Stapleton Sandys evokes the grandeur of the Te Rēinga falls in inland Gisborne. The local tribe, Ngā Hine Hika, believe that a taniwha (water monster), Hinekōrako, lives beneath the falls.
Download the document to read a story of Hinekōrako written by pupils at Te Rēinga Maori School in the 1950s (55 KB).
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.