Story: Ngāpuhi

Heads of the Hokianga Harbour

Heads of the Hokianga Harbour

The quality of light on Hokianga Harbour is unique. It caused Kupe, the celebrated navigator, to proclaim this harbour on the western side of the Ngāpuhi region, ‘Te Puna-o-te-ao-mārama’ (spring of the world of light). Looking towards the north, the photograph captures the effect.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Ngāpuhi - Canoes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 April 2024)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017