Monday, March 16, 2009

A Legendary Romance

Image Supplied by Mokoia Isalnd WaiOra Experiences.
Maori culture is underpinned with numerous legends and myths and one of the best known is that of Hinemoa and Tutanekai – Rotorua’s famous romance based on a true story of forbidden love between a high-ranking Maori maiden and Tutanekai, the illegimate son of a Mokoia Island family. You can see a theatrical-style re-enactment of the legend - the brainchild of Mokoia Island WaiOra Experiences – whose guides re-tell the history of the island (along with the love story) and talk about the island’s unique wairua (spirit). You can read the full legend by visiting their website.

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