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TE WAKA MAORI O NIU TIRANI.

"KO TE TIKA, KO TE PONO, KO TE AROHA." VOL. 13.]PO NEKE, TUREI, MAEHE 27, 1877. [No. 6. HE KUPU WHAKAATU KI NGA HOA TUHI MAI. He moni kua tae mai:—£ s. d. Na S. C. E. Vickers, Esq., Akarana, mo 1877-78.—Kamariera te Wharepapa, of Whangarei 100 Na S. Deighton, Esq., R.M., Wharekauri, mo 1877.—Rangi Apitia, Punga, o Ouenga, Whare- kauri ... ... ... ... O 10 O „ Ani Mikara, o Waitangi, Wharekauri ... O 10 O „ Hiriwanu Tapu, o Ouenga„ ... O 10 O 1874-5-6-7.—Pangu Pangu, o Waitangi „ ... 2 O O £4, 10 O 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 taniwha—he 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 NOTICES AND ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. Subscriptions received :—£ s. d. From S. C. E. Vickers, Esq., Auckland, for 1877-78.—Kamariera te Wharepapa, of Whangarei 100 From S. Deighton, Esq., R.M., Chatham Islands, for 1877.—Rangi Apitia Punga, of Ouenga, Chatham Islands ...... ... ... O 10 O „ Ani Mikara, of Waitangi, Chatham Islands O 10 O „ Hiriwanu Tapu, of Ouenga., O 10 O 1874-77.—Pangu Pangu, of Waitangi '„200 £4 10 O 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 taniwha—a taniwha!" She then looked and saw that the surface was