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Rotorua city and environs

Rotorua city and environs

This photograph shows the Rotorua urban area and Lake Rotorua, with Mokoia Island at its centre. The general name for the area where Rotorua city now stands is Ōhinemutu. The name commemorates the explorer Īhenga’s daughter, who was murdered on the north-west shore of the lake. Īhenga set up a red-coloured memorial rock, referred to as Ōhinemutu, on the southern shore. Eventually the name applied to the wider area, which included the site of a village. The memorial rock stood for centuries before disappearing in the 1880s. It is said to have been broken up for road-building.

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Paora Tapsell, 'Te Arawa - Settlement and migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 September 2023)

Story by Paora Tapsell, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017