The History of New Zealand
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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
Some of the Gods from the Maori
Rangi and Papa
Rangi was the sky father, and Papa was the earth mother. Together, they created the world.
He is the god of the sea. He is one of the children from Rangi and Papa.
He is the father of al the sea creatures, including the mermaids.
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.