Moehau

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For mountain range, see Moehau Range.

The Moehau (also called the Maeroero) is reputed to be a large, hairy hominid cryptid in the Coromandel-Moehau ranges of New Zealand's North Island. It may be synonymous with the Maero, another New Zealand cryptid, because both have been reported have long, sharp fingers in some sources. [1] In fact, the some Maori people suggest that the creature is a descendant of the Maero, but another explanation for the Moehau is that it was an exaggerated report of an escaped gorilla.[2]

However, in 1970, County Councillor J. Reddy told Robyn Gosset that the Hairy Moehau was an exaggeration started from a joke.[3] Also in 1970, Bob Grey told researcher Robyn Gosset that the term “Moehau Monster” came from a name given to a Yankee steam hauler that was utilized for logging.[3] In New Zealand Mysteries by Nicola McCloy, the author discredits both theories by citing several Moehau sightings during the early 19th century.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Maberry, J., Kramer, D., The Cryptopedia: A Dictionary of the Weird, Strange & Downright Bizarre. 2007.
  2. ^ Turner, P. National Geographic Traveler: New Zealand. p. 116
  3. ^ a b Gosset, Robyn, New Zealand Mysteries 2nd Edition, The Bush Press of New Zealand, Auckland, 1996

Further reading[edit]

  • Alpers, Antony, Maori Myths and Tribal Legends, John Murray, London, 1964
  • Beattie, Herries, Maori Lore of Lake, Alp and Fiord, Otago Daily Times and Witness Newspapers Co. Ltd., Dunedin, 1945
  • Gosset, Robyn, New Zealand Mysteries 2nd Edition, The Bush Press of New Zealand, Auckland, 1996
  • In Search of the Hairy Hill Horror, New Truth, February 15, 1991