The Ruru or Morepork, with its distinctive call, is a superb night hunter with excellent hearing, binocular vision in low intensity light and exceptionally soft feathers that allow silent flight. Maori tradition recognizes the existence of ancestral guardians (kaitiaki) that took the form of different kinds of creatures. The guardians that warn of death are owls (ruru). Owl guardians are sometimes known as Hine Ruru (Owl Woman). This guardian has the power to protect, warn and advise. If she appears at night someone is about to die and if she is seen flying ahead then she is there as a protector at a time of danger. If she flies straight ahead there is nothing to fear but if she crosses your path then something is wrong. Sometimes at the time of a death she will appear at a window, beating her wings against the glass.
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47 Water Street
Canada V6B 1A1
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3 blocks from Waterfront Station
Between Abbott St. and Carrall St.
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