Tangaroa’s Gift Te Koha ā Tangaroa Adapted by Louise Judd Tangaroa is the god of the sea . Once upon a time, there lived a sad and lonely old Paua. He could not find a friend. Suddenly a great wall of water pulled away the seaweed. “Paua, why are you so sad?” It was Tangaroa, the god of the sea. “Oh Tangaroa, I am so lonely. Aue, tōna tangi.” “Look at Snapper with his bright colours. Tāmure makes me jealous when he glides past.” “Stingray lies down on the bottom of the sea or flies past me so fast. Pākaurua is graceful and smooth.” Tangaroa thought for a moment. “I love bright colours so I will make you my brightest star in the sea. I will ask Tane to give me green from the forest.” “I will ask Rangi the sky father to give me mawhero sunset and tawa sunrise.” Tangaroa was very whakahihi proud of his beautiful designs. The other sea creatures were jealous and became angry with Paua’s beautiful new shell. They tore at it until it lay all over the sea floor. Paua wondered why they were so harawene? Tangaroa was very pōuri that Paua was so very sad. o Paua got his beautiful shell to have in secret. He keeps it mea ngaro - all to himself. Only at the end of his life do we get to see what he has been hiding. A beautiful multi-coloured taonga. A beautiful taonga or treasure.