To dig out the great lakes of the South Island, the Waitaha ancestor, Rākaihautū, used a kō or digging stick. After completing his exploration of the island, he settled on Horomaka (Banks Peninsula). His stick, Tuhiraki, forms a rocky peak, known to Europeans as Mt Bossu, above Akaroa Harbour. Tuhiraki rises on the opposite side of the harbour from the town of Akaroa.
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