Story: Take whenua – Māori land tenure

Hinemoa’s swim

Hinemoa’s swim

Hinemoa clings to a stump known as Hinewhata during her legendary swim to Mokoia Island to meet her beloved, Tūtānekai. This stump was placed in Lake Rotorua as a symbol of the mana (authority) held by her father Umukaria over the area.

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Reference: Peter Gossage, Hinemoa and Tutanekai. Auckland, Raupo Publishing, 2002.
Artwork by Peter Gossage

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Paul Meredith, 'Take whenua – Māori land tenure - Customary rights', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 December 2021)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 24 Nov 2008