Story: Te hopu tuna – eeling

Māui fighting Tuna

Māui fighting Tuna

In one South Island tradition, the demigod Māui fought Tuna, a supernatural giant eel, because it had frightened his wives, Hine-tū-repo and Hine-te-ngahere. Māui cut Tuna in half. One part became the sea-dwelling conger eel (ngōiro, or kōiro in the South Island), and the other a freshwater eel.

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Basil Keane, 'Te hopu tuna – eeling - Origins and types of tuna – eels', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/postage-stamp/13962/maui-fighting-tuna (accessed 3 April 2020)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007