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- n. spirit, monster in Maori mythology, especially one that dwells in the water
- n. a person who embodies the spirit of a taniwha
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mythical Maori monster of some kind, especially a water-monster, often described as a huge fish of hideous aspect.
The taniwha is a mythical protector with a powerful role in Maori folklore, but get it angry and you're in trouble, Mr Wilcox said.
Sometimes the beast was a land animal, a lizard, etc, but the true _taniwha_ is a water kelpie.
Day Symbols of the Maya Year Sixteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1894-1895, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1897, pages 199-266.
But Horotiu, a mythical monster, put the NZ$2.6 billion project in doubt after an indigenous Maori board protested that it will destroy grounds once patrolled by the make-believe taniwha, pronounced tani-fa.
It tells the stories of Kupe's discovery of Te Whanganui a Tara (Wellington) and the sea taniwha who created Wellington Harbour, Ngake and Whataitai.
Waikato taniwharau, he piko he taniwha, he piko he taniwha
Knghtbrd: it's not bloat if it's used taniwha: how do you explain windoze then?
Mac users should stick with Bluetooth and download the correct modem script from taniwha. org.uk or another similar site.
He mentions in the book that taniwha can learn to take on human form and that Reka asked his grandfather to teach him how to do that (because she wants grandchildren.
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