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The fate of Mauao

The fate of Mauao

This artwork by Fred Graham at Mt Maunganui public library depicts the story of the mountain Mauao (Mt Maunganui). Disappointed in love, Mauao hoped to sink beneath the waves of Te Moana nui a Kiwa. However, as the mountain reached the ocean it was stopped by the first rays of the morning sun. It remains there to this day.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Bay of Plenty region - Māori traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 July 2024)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 Aug 2016