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taniwha

NZ a legendary Maori monster
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For instance, in the 1981 essay, written before she achieved global success with The Bone People, Hulme describes a taniwha as 'a water monster, a personified current or whirlpool, and also a figurative term for a chief, a prodigy, or the human body corporate' (309).
As a consequence, the Waikato River may be seen as a complex property construct, which, on the one hand, is imbued with indigenous beliefs, taniwha, myths, and customary practices of transport and fishing.
54) A significant investigation of the tension in New Zealand, at the time Whale Rider was released, between a desire to capitalize on the popularity of Maori mythological themes culturally while wanting to refuse the Maori rights of prior land occupation based on them is Ann Hardy's "Return of the Taniwha.
Meanwhile, correspondences between the present time and past of place--for instance, the intimate local knowledge that tangata whenua have of taniwha (spirit-ancestors associated with water)--recall the long or longer history of Maori inhabitation, stretch and warp the public domain of the nation-state, and suggest anterior grounds of place, anterior modes of understanding and inhabiting it.
Maoris say the road goes too close to the home of the beast - a taniwha - and would offend him.
Or so it seems until the serenity of the story telling situation is undermined by the main figure of the story - taniwha (a creature that looks after people).
This creature's existence originated from fears of aquatic creatures and other forms of destruction from the sea; hence, the taniwha was a water monster that resembled a fish.
None the less, she begins with the well-known account by Te Horeta Te Taniwha who claimed to be twelve years old in 1769: Cook's ship was regarded as an island or perhaps a bird, Cook's men spirits from the ancestral world of Hawaiki.
One such legend, Auwhkehu and the Taniwha (pronounced Tah-nee-fa), fascinated me, and I knew it would fascinate my students back home, too.
After all, the country's forests and rivers may be haunted by maero, taniwha and ponaturi, (32) but Daylight is the only vampire novel by an established New Zealand writer.
b] [dagger][dagger] HUNT, Des Cry of the Taniwha HarperCollins, 2009 207pp NZ$21.
Pouwhare (1992) Te Taonga Mai-Tawhiti: The Gift From A Distant Place, Niho Taniwha, Auckland.