Story: Nearshore islands

Motu Kōkako (Hole in the Rock)

Motu Kōkako (Hole in the Rock)

A canoe sails past Motu Kōkako (Hole in the Rock) in Charles Emilius Gold’s 1847 watercolour. Māori frequently visited or lived on nearshore islands. Motu Kōkako, near Cape Brett at the entrance to the Bay of Islands, was said to be the landing place of the Māhuhu-ki-te-rangi canoe.

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Watercolour by Charles Emilius Gold

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Nearshore islands - Early inhabitants', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 September 2021)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 24 Sep 2007