One of the more dramatic encounters and one of the more vivid descriptions of an Atua (Māori Dictionary definition) we have discovered in our reasearches. This story was reprinted in several papers in a truncated form (some of which have better reproduction) but this is the most complete and compelling account.
MYSTERIOUS APPEARANCE AN ATUA SEEN BY A NATIVE.
Waikato Times, Volume X, Issue 670, 5 September 1876, Page 2
With thanks to the National Library of New Zealand.
a more legible copy