Māui is associated with many places around Aotearoa. The best known are the North Island, as the fish he hauled up (Te Ika-a-Māui), the South Island as his canoe (Te Waka-a-Māui) and Stewart Island as his canoe’s anchor stone (Te Punga-o-te-waka-a-Māui). Forming the fins of the fish are the two places known as Te Pakau-o-te-ika-a-Māui – on either side of the North Island. There are many more, such as Lake Taupō, the navel of the fish (Te Pito-o-te-ika-a-Māui) and the Kaikōura Peninsula (Te Taumanu-o-te-waka-a-Māui), the canoe seat from which Māui stood as he hauled up the fish. There are clusters of names associated with Māui on both sides of Cook Strait and in the Hokianga.
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