The taniwha (pronounced tah-nee-fah) are wondrous watery demons in Maori lore, sometimes in the form of spirits, others as reptiles or dragonlike. Sometimes fiercely dangerous, others protective of an iwi (tribe). This fellow rises out of the earth at the edge of the carpark at Goat Island. I assume that since it is a marine reserve, his job is to protect the area. I’m on his side…

Taniwha

The taniwha (pronounced tah-nee-fah) are wondrous watery demons in Maori lore, sometimes in the form of spirits, others as reptiles or dragonlike. Sometimes fiercely dangerous, others protective of an iwi (tribe). This fellow rises out of the earth at the edge of the carpark at Goat Island. I assume that since it is a marine reserve, his job is to protect the area. I’m on his side…

This is a acrylic art print finished on 18" x 36" gallery canvas, with black sides, ready to hang. It features iconic Maori and Polynesian art styles from New Zealand (Aotearoa) and the Pacific Islands. PM me if you are interested in purchasing a print to brighten your space or visit our online store at www.inspiacreative.com.au

This is a acrylic art print finished on 18" x 36" gallery canvas, with black sides, ready to hang. It features iconic Maori and Polynesian art styles from New Zealand (Aotearoa) and the Pacific Islands. PM me if you are interested in purchasing a print to brighten your space or visit our online store at www.inspiacreative.com.au

This book is a treasure. Not only is it full of Maori culture, but the koro is a dear family friend.

This book is a treasure. Not only is it full of Maori culture, but the koro is a dear family friend.

Taniwha- Maori myth: a huge creature that guards deep pools, caves, or seas. They can look like huge geckos, tuatara, sharks, whales, or a combination of all of those. They are very aggressive and dangerous.

Taniwha- Maori myth: a huge creature that guards deep pools, caves, or seas. They can look like huge geckos, tuatara, sharks, whales, or a combination of all of those. They are very aggressive and dangerous.

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