Hinemoa and Tūtānekai
A legend from the Te Arawa iwi
This text is a retelling of a legend of the Te Arawa people. It tells the love story of Hinemoa and Tūtānekai. Tūtānekai lives on Mokoia Island, separated from Hinemoa by the waters of Lake Rotorua. Hinemoa’s father does not want the two young people to be together and tries to stop them from meeting. But Hinemoa is determined and risks her life to swim across Lake Rotorua to be with Tūtānekai.