Monster from the swamp gets a reprieve.
A MYTHICAL Maori monster blamed with causing road deaths near its
swamp home has been given a reprieve with plans to change a highway
design to safeguard its habitat. Highway agency Transit New Zealand has
redesigned the road at a cost of 20,000 New Zealand dollars to add a
wall alongside the swamp where local Maori believe the one-eyed taniwha
has its lair. The programme was halted when Ngati Naho tribe members
told Transit of the mythical creature. They say it lives in the swamp
for six months each year. They claimed putting a road through a
taniwha's home would have been a major insult to all Maori who
believed in the creature.