Story: Whenua – how the land was shaped

Māui’s fish hook

Māui’s fish hook

When Māui fished up the North Island, he is said to have used a hook made from the jawbone of his grandmother, Murirangawhenua. The curve of Cape Kidnappers represents the hook, and is known as Te Matau-a-Māui (Māui’s fish hook).

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Photograph by Kynan Gentry

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal. 'Whenua – how the land was shaped - The North and South islands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 9-Jul-13
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/8521/mauis-fish-hook