Story: Te aitanga pepeke – the insect world

Namu

Namu

The namu (sandfly) inflicts an itchy bite on humans. In tradition, these insects are the descendants of Namuiria, the first sandfly. It bites because Tūmatauenga killed Namuiria.

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How to cite this page:

Bradford Haami, 'Te aitanga pepeke – the insect world - Mosquitoes and sandflies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/12623/namu (accessed 31 May 2020)

Story by Bradford Haami, published 24 Sep 2007