In 1877 Mohi Tūrei, of Waiapu, wrote to the Māori language newspaper, Te Waka Maori o Niu Tirani, outlining a case where a local girl was believed to have been killed by a taniwha. It has been printed in Māori, with an English translation.
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Reference: Te Waka Maori o Niu Tirani 13, no.6 (27 March 1877)
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