Pūkeko is mentioned in the Māori myth 'How the Kiwi lost her wings' in which several birds of the forest are asked to come down from the trees to eat the bugs on the ground and save the forest, but all give excuses except the Kiwi who is willing to give up his colours and the ability to fly. The Pūkeko's excuse is that it looks too damp down there, and he does not want to get his feet wet. The Pūkeko is punished for his reluctance and told he must now live forever in the swamps...NZ
Lemon and Paeroa Drink....the big bottle at Paeroa. The soft drink originated here with a natural soda spring providing the fizz, and real lemon juice from TePuke supplying the lemon. Nowadays of course it's all made in Auckland..... More mystery than romance!
In one day at Waitangi, you'll learn a huge amount about Maori culture and the early history of New Zealand. It's the place where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between the British Crown and more than 500 Maori chiefs. The treaty agreed the terms by which New Zealand would become a British colony.