Story: First peoples in Māori tradition

Sea cave at Mōkau

Sea cave at Mōkau

This sea cave at Mōkau, on the King Country coast, is one of the places where the crew of the Tainui canoe found shelter for themselves and their craft. People from the Tainui canoe disembarked at Mōkau, and further north at Whāingaroa (Raglan) and at Kāwhia Harbour. Like many of the first canoes, the Tainui spent time exploring the coastline before people chose settlement locations.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'First peoples in Māori tradition - Framework of the traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2022)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 8 Feb 2005