Hinemoa: the Belle of the Kainga by Charles Goldie, Oil on canvas

Hinemoa: the Belle of the Kainga by Charles Goldie, Oil on canvas

In the legend, Hinemoa lives by Lake Rotorua and Tutanekai on the island, Mokoia. Hinemoa falls in love when Tutanekai plays the flute, but Hinemoa's father considers him unsuitable. They vow to be together, and every night on the island,Tutanekai plays his flute to guide Hinemoa to him. With no canoe, Hinemoa must swim the lake with mystical creatures in it to be with Tutanekai. The book is available in Maori and English language versions.

In the legend, Hinemoa lives by Lake Rotorua and Tutanekai on the island, Mokoia. Hinemoa falls in love when Tutanekai plays the flute, but Hinemoa's father considers him unsuitable. They vow to be together, and every night on the island,Tutanekai plays his flute to guide Hinemoa to him. With no canoe, Hinemoa must swim the lake with mystical creatures in it to be with Tutanekai. The book is available in Maori and English language versions.

Postcard showing Hinemoa's Bath, the hot pool on Mokoia Island in Lake Rotorua. (undated, from the Waikato University Library collections)

Postcard showing Hinemoa's Bath, the hot pool on Mokoia Island in Lake Rotorua. (undated, from the Waikato University Library collections)

Pukaki Maori Carving New Zealand 20c Coin Cufflinks.

Pukaki Maori Carving New Zealand 20c Coin Cufflinks.

Hinemoa rāua ko Tutanekai // Book + Audio CD / Illustrated - Hinemoa & Tutanekai

Hinemoa rāua ko Tutanekai // Book + Audio CD

Hinemoa rāua ko Tutanekai // Book + Audio CD / Illustrated - Hinemoa & Tutanekai

Hinemoa's pool on Mokoia Island is naturally warm. Read the legend in Don Stafford's book, The Romantic Past of Rotorua 993.423 STA

Hinemoa's pool on Mokoia Island is naturally warm. Read the legend in Don Stafford's book, The Romantic Past of Rotorua 993.423 STA

Hinemoa of Owhata - Guy Harkness http://www.guyharkness.co.nz/Hinemoa-of-Owhata

Hinemoa of Owhata - Guy Harkness http://www.guyharkness.co.nz/Hinemoa-of-Owhata


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Hinemoa of Owhata - Guy Harkness http://www.guyharkness.co.nz/Hinemoa-of-Owhata

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Hinemoa's Pool, from the Maori legend by WorldIslandInfo.com, via Flickr

Hinemoa's Pool, from the Maori legend by WorldIslandInfo.com, via Flickr

Hinemoa's pool on Mokoia Island is naturally warm. Read the legend in Don Stafford's book, The Romantic Past of Rotorua 993.423 STA

Hinemoa's pool on Mokoia Island is naturally warm. Read the legend in Don Stafford's book, The Romantic Past of Rotorua 993.423 STA

A study on the cultural and language similarities between Maori and Chinese.  A fascinating look at the history of Chinese in New Zealand.   Available to borrow from the Maori Collection on the 2nd Floor. At 305.8z DRA

A study on the cultural and language similarities between Maori and Chinese. A fascinating look at the history of Chinese in New Zealand. Available to borrow from the Maori Collection on the 2nd Floor. At 305.8z DRA

A Kiwi’s guide to the top 50 motorcycle rides in the land of the long white cloud. When you find yourself alone on the Molesworth, despite knowing that a 4wd or two will happen along, a strange sense of isolation dawns.

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Great guide! Short walks to pa sites, battle fields, rock art and carved meeting houses and historic monuments. Find this new book in NZ History & Travel on the 2nd floor at 993.99z MET

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The Buried Village of Te Wairoa - the Library has Gordon Ell's book and also an earlier publication by Kenneth Melvin. The earlier book is in the Don Stafford Room, our heritage collection on the 2nd floor.

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Rotorua District Library: Rotorua Author Spotlight : John Foster  John Foster is the author of eight books which are aimed at teaching the Māori language.

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