The History of New Zealand

read everything about the Maori and their legends

Maui and the magical fishhook.

It all started with Maui, a demi-god who lived in Hawaiiki. He had magical powers, but his family didn't knew. One day when he was still a very young boy, his brothers were going to fish without him. He wanted to go with them, so he sneaked into the boat and waited. When they were on the sea, his brothers discovered him, but they didn't turn the boat, cause because of Maui's magic it looked like they were very far from the shoreline. Once they were far from home on the ocean, Maui threw his fishhook into the water. After a short time he felt a strong tug on the fish line. It was stronger than any ordinary fish, so Maui called his brothers to help him. After a lot of pulling, Te Ika a Maui came out of the water. It means 'the fish of Maui', and it is now known as the North Island of New Zealand.

Hinemoa and Tutanekai

The story started in Lake Rotorua. Tutanekai lived on Mokoia Island, in the middle of Lake Rotorua. He was the adopted son of Whakaue. Hinemoa was the daugther of Te Arawa, a leader of a tribe. One day, the tribe had a meeting and Hinemoa and Tutanekai were instantly in love. But, Tutanekai wasn't good enough to be with Hinemoa, so Te Arawa didn't approve. So, Tutanekai returned to Mokoia Island with Whakaue, but every night he played a song on his flute about his sadness. Hinemoa could hear the song. One night, she couldn't resist the song and she swam all the way towards her love, and they lived long and happily on Mokoia Island.

Some of the Gods from the Maori

An interesting beast that lived on New Zealand

The man-eating bird

Te Hokioi was a giant black-and-white bird. It had a red crest, and yellow tinged wingtips. The name is given because of its cry. Of course, everyone thought the man-eating bird was just a story, but scientists found out that the bird was real. It descended not just from birds, but from lions too. That's why it eats flesh. It would grow to 250 kilogram and 2.5 meters tall. Scientists found out cause there were found bones of the beast, and in The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology there was written about a bird just like this one. In the journal they were called Haast's eagle cause they were discovered by Sir Julius von Haast. The man-eating bird didn't really eat humans, but it could, cause it was real big.