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Why the Niho Taniwha?

Niho taniwha means teeth of the taniwha. It is also the sign of a historian and sometimes it represents the chief and hospitality. It can also represent family houses within a tribe.

The Waikato tribe use the saying “He pike he taniwha” meaning at every bend there is a taniwha. Taniwha is a fantasy water creature that is mythical and not real. He lived in the Waikato river. To the Waikato tribe this saying meant that at every river bend there was a whare nui with a chief and warriors. The taniwha could either welcome visitors if they came in peace, or defend the tribe if other tribes came to attack them.



Level 4: The Noho Taniwha Pattern

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Square Paper with Niho Taniwha pattern


Niho Taniwha Worksheet


Niho Taniwha Answers