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.