Fairy folk tales of the Maori – Book by James Cowan

Loving this old gem I dug out of an old South Island second hand bookstore while on a recent roadtrip. I’ve always been fascinated in Maori folklore and handed down true – life histories; especially when it involves mysterious creatures and ghosts.

This book, written by the then Wellington based historian, James Cowan satisfies my spooks and cryptids obsession perfectly. From the debatedly mythical pale skined forest dwellers, the Patu-paiarehe, (or Turehu) to the equally debated existent Maero and Moehau tribes. A collection of similar elusive wild folk, to various lake monsters and land walking dragons, cave creatures, spirit entities and other intriguing stories handed down through the generations, but real and life changing to those that experienced them first hand.

My treasured copy is the third edition. A bit tatty and well worn but its up there as one of my favourite books so far read. A true ”gold nugget” in my book collection.

Published by Whitcombe & Tombs Ltd, 1939.


By Mark Wallbank

Paranormal Investigator and Founder of Haunted Auckland. I have been a mad researcher of everything Paranormal, Extraterrestrial and Crypto-zoological, since early childhood. When not creating electronic music, watching Horror movies and documentaries, archiving and documenting NZ’s diverse and eclectic music history, I have spent countless hours investigating and furthering my research out in the field, either as part of a group or solo, since the early 80′s. I’ve spent much time in opportunistic investigations whilst travelling around New Zealand and Internationally.

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  1. I’ve seen this for sale, once, not so long ago. Not that many left around, I don’t think. Does it say who did the illustrations, if there are any? Thanks.

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