The Māori Legend of Maunga Taranaki
In Māori tradition Mt. Taranaki once dwelled with the other mountains – Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngāuruhoe – in the centre of the North Island. He and Tongariro fought a titanic battle for the favours of the beautiful, bush-clad Pīhanga. Taranaki was finally defeated and made his way to the west coast of the North Island, forming the Whanganui River during his flight. As he rested one night a spur of the Pouākai Range grew out and prevented him from continuing the following morning, so today he remains in splendid isolation in the west.
WATCH: See the volcanic alert levels of Maunga Taranaki rise as Māori warrior Andy Maruera portrays each increasing level of volcanic risk on the scale.