A famous tāniwha, or water monster, of Lake Taupō, North Island. It is a reptile goblin who resides in an underwater cave on the reef on the north-east side of Motutāiko Island. From time immemorial Horo-matangi had been the custodian of the mana of the lake, aided in all his acts by his familiar, the man tāniwha, Ati-a-muri, who may be seen paddling his canoe in the dusk of the evening on the look-out for unwary strangers.



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