The legendary taniwha ‘Awarua’ lands in Porirua SkatePark
Winner, Resene Mural Masterpieces ‘Best Professional Mural’ 2016
Legend has it that the Taniwha ‘Awarua’ once lived in the Porirua harbour.
Awarua always wished she could fly, but with a huge body and flipper-type wings, this was always going to be a big ask!
But with a series of lessons from her friend ‘Rereroa’ the albatross, Awarua trained hard to bring up her wing strength and build up speed for take off.
On her first attempt, things didn’t go so well. As she skipped furiously across the harbour for take off she barely gained enough height and ploughed into the nearby hills to create that gouge in the landscape known as Whitiroa.
Next effort went a little better, airborne at last! But this time, not paying attention to her flight direction, she smashed into nearby Mana island shearing the top off it. That’s why Mana island has a flat top today.
Bringing the legend to life, Awarua lands in Porirua’s skatepark, 2016.