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VOL. 13.]PO NEKE, TUREI, MAEHE 27, 1877. [No. 6.
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1877.Rangi Apitia, Punga, o Ouenga, Whare-
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Na te Rev. MOHI TUREI TANGAROAPEAU, o Waiapu, i tuku
mai i tenei korero mo te matenga o tetahi kotiro ko Mereana
tona ingoa, te kau ma toru ona tau ; a tena kai te tino whaka-
pono nga Maori ki taua korero, ara :No te 20 o Tihema kua
taha ake nei ka haere etahi kotiro tokowha ki tetahi wahi, ko
Waipapa te ingoa, ki te kaukau, he hawhe-kaihe tetahi o ratou.
He rua taniwha te kopua i kaukau ai ratou ; no mua taua tani-
wha, ko " Taminamina " tona ingoa. I te wa o te whawhai ki
te Hau-Hau he tokomaha i kite i taua taniwha. Ka tae nga
tamariki ra ki te taha o taua kopua ka unuunuhia o ratou
kakahu, ka rere katoa ratou ki te wai, ka kauhoe, whiti katoa
ratou ki tetahi taha o te awa. Ka kite a Mereana i te pua o te
rata e manu ana i te tapa o te wai, ka aohia e ona ringa, ka
kainga. Ka u nga tokotoru ki uta, ko Rahera te hawhe-kaihe
ka piki ki runga o te peka o te rata e toro ana ki te wai, ka rere
moari, tau iho ano ki roto ki te rua o te taniwha. Ka ea ake, e
kau ana ki uta, rokohanga atu a Mereana e kai ana ano i nga
pua rata, me te ao ki ona ringa ka kai. Ka piki ano a Rahera
ki tona rerenga tuatahi, ka rere ano ki roto ki taua kopua e moe
ake ra te taniwha. Ka kau ano ia ki uta, rokohanga atu kua u
a Mereana ki uta kei runga i tetahi kohatu tu a huapapa nei,
engari he teitei, kei te toru putu pea te rewanga ake i to wahi
maroke o te awa. Ko nga waewae wharoro ana, me te anga
atu ano nga kanohi ki te wai. Ka tu nga waewae o Rahera ka
karanga atu kia haere raua ki te rere moari; kihai i ki mai te
waha o Mereana, me te kai tonu i nga pua rata i roto i tona
waha. Ka tata a Rahera ki uta ka titiro atu ia ki te ahua o
Mereana ka rere ke. Kihai i roa kua mania haere a Mereana i
runga i te kohatu kua tau mai ki roto ki te wai. Kei te aue
mai a Peti raua ko Heni i tahaki. Kua mohio raua he tani-
wha, i mohio ai raua na te mironga o te wai i te takiwa tonu i
ngaro atu ai a Mereana. Katahi a Rahera ka rere atu ki te
hopu, kihai i mau. Ka ruku a Rahera ki te tino kopua ki te
whai haere i tona hoa, he roa tana whainga me te heke haere
ki raro o te tino kopua, kua he te manawa kua ea ake ; e kau
ana ki uta, te tunga o nga waewae ka karanga a Peti raua ko
Heni," Rahera! He taniwhahe taniwha! " Ka titiro ia ka
kite i te wai e whati ana te tuatea, ara te ngaru, kua rongo hoki
ia i te haruru o te wai. Ka tahuri ia ki muri, e tu ana te wai,
koia ano kei te pupuhatanga weera, teitei noa ake to puahata.
Kua tu ia ki uta, titiro rawa atu kua puehu katoa te wai. Kua
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The Rev. MOHI TUREI TANGAROAPEAU, of Waiapu, sends us
the following story in connection with the death of a young girl
named Mereana, about 13 years of age, which is of course
religiously believed by the Maoris :On the 20th of December
last, four young girls, one of which was a half-caste, went to a
place named Waipapa to bathe. The water-hole at Waipapa, in
which they bathed, has been the abode from time immemorial of
a taniwha (a fabulous reptile) named the "Taminamina."
This reptile was frequently seen during the time of the late
wars with the Hau-Haus. The girls, on arriving at the bathing
place, divested themselves of their garments, plunged in, and
swam to the opposite shore. Mereana seeing a number of rata
flowers floating on the edge of the water forthwith collected a
quantity of them in her hands and commenced sucking them.
The three others landed, and Rahera, the half-caste, ascended
to the branch of a rata tree overhanging the river, from whence
she leaped into the water, the abode of the taniwha. When she
came to the surface she swam to the shore, where she found
Mereana still engaged sucking the rata flowers. She again
ascended to the branch of the rata, and plunged a second time
into the hole of the taniwha. When she returned to the shore
she found that Mereana had left the water and was reclining on
a flat rock about three feet above the surface of the water. Her
legs were stretched out, and her eyes were fixed upon the water.
When Rahera's feet touched the bottom as she approached
the shore, she called to Mereana to join her in the sport of
jumping from the branch of the rata tree, but Mereana con-
tinued sucking the flowers which she had in her hand, and
answered not a word. As she got closer in shore she observed
that a change had come over the countenance of Mereana, who,
almost immediately after, slipped off the rock into the water.
At the same instant the other two, Heni and Peti, who were on
shore, screamed out. They knew it was the taniwha from the
whirling of the water at the spot where Mereana had dis-
appeared. Rahera attempted to seize hold of her before she
sank, but without avail. She then dived after her into the deep
hole and continued her downward course until she was obliged
to return to the surface for breath ; then she swam to shallow
water and stood on her feet. As she did so Peti and Heni, who
were on shore, called out, "Rahera! It was a taniwhaa
taniwha!" She then looked and saw that the surface was