Origins of the Taniwha? (Via Tony Lucas)

Friday 27th January 2023

Origins of the Taniwha?

There are Aussie pelicans in the Kaipara, but is the Maori ‘taniwha’ or Ngarara based on encounters with another Aussie migrant?

An old scientific study from the 1980s indicates Australian saltwater crocodiles are occasional summer visitors to New Zealand and probably the cause of ‘taniwha’ stories

Read on…

Jonathan Downes
Cryptozoologist, naturalist, musician, singer, composer, poet, novelist and Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology since 1992. Jon was born in Portsmouth in 1959 and spent his infancy in Nigeria and his childhood in Hong Kong. His wife Corinna died of cancer in 2020, leaving him with two stepdaughters and a six year old granddaughter called Evelyn.