Hinemoa clings to a stump known as Hinewhata during her legendary swim to Mokoia Island to meet her beloved, Tūtānekai. This stump was placed in Lake Rotorua as a symbol of the mana (authority) held by her father Umukaria over the area.
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Reference: Peter Gossage, Hinemoa and Tutanekai. Auckland, Raupo Publishing, 2002.
Artwork by Peter Gossage
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