Story: Kōrero taiao – sayings from nature

Motu Kōkako – Hole in the Rock

Motu Kōkako – Hole in the Rock

Motu Kōkako (Hole in the Rock) in the Bay of Islands was said to be the landing place of the canoe Tūnui-a-rangi before it went to Ngunguru and Whāngārei. It brings to mind the saying 'Te toka tū moana' (the rock standing in the sea). This refers to a person who stands against all adversity, just as a rock resists the power of the sea.

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Basil Keane, 'Kōrero taiao – sayings from nature - Good and bad qualities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/8898/motu-kokako-hole-in-the-rock (accessed 20 November 2018)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007