Dolphins are very playful animals.Dolphins have a lot of energy. Early Maori believed that when beached dolphins or whales were a gift from Tangaroa (the god of the sea). The beached dolphins or whales was not wasted because they ate all the meat,they used the oil for cooking and they caved the bones or made the bones into jewellery or for instruments, weapons or tools. Playful dolphins are nominated as kaitieke (guardians) rather than taniwha (monsters).
When Kupe set off to rarotonga to battle the giant octopus. Kupe found the octopus at raukawa (cook strait). After the fight he killed the fierce monster.
In the 1900s in the french pass fishermen thought that they saw a white dolphin and thought it was Kupe’s white dolphin.
The kaka bird
The kaka is known as a loud cheeky bird.The kaka was hunted for food and its feathers were used for cloaks.Some kakas were pets and were used to say karakias.
One day kaka and kakariki meet in the forest and started to fight.”Tane loves me more said kaka “Tane gave me brown feathers so I can catch more bugs then you.” “No Tane loves me more because I have green feathers like the forest and red feathers like the sunset” said kakariki.”No Tane loves me more,you can be seen from miles away so you can't catch bugs like me” cried kaka.kakariki was distraught.
Soon kakariki realised that kaka was right.”I will hide the feathers for you,I will hide them under my wing” said kaka, “Ok” said kakariki and handed over the feathers.Kaka put the feathers under his wings and flew off.When kakariki saw how beautiful kaka looked with the red feathers under his wing,kakariki realised he had been tricked by Kaka.
The Kereru is a vainest bird in the forest. He has beautiful feathers and he also brushes his feathers like brushing hair.Early maori adored Kererus but they also ate them and they use their beautiful feathers.
Hina’s husband died so she threw herself into the sea to drown but she floated to a river and two brothers found her and took her to their village. The chief said you will be my wife’’ but Hina said ‘’no’’ the chief ‘’ said ‘’ I am the chief you have to do what I say’’.
Then Hina’s brother said to the god of kindness please help me find my sister so he turned him into a kereru called rupe.He flew away to found Hina. Rupe saw Hina so he called to her ‘’Hina’’ and she knew that voice so she went outside Rupe grabbed her and they flew away to live with Rehua in the tenth heaven.