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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 11, Issue 6 (September 1, 1936)

Names of Music and Poetry

Names of Music and Poetry.

Tama-te-kapua died at Moehau, which the pakeha calls Cape Colville. His children buried him on the summit of the lofty wooded range, overlooking the Hauraki Gulf and the outer ocean. It was from that fact that the mountain cape was named Moe - hau - o - Tama-te - Kapua, “The Sleeping Sacredness of Tama” (“Hau” literally means wind; here it refers to the sacred life principle or life essence, which departs with the last breath).

Kahu-mata-momoe, son of Tama-tekapua, gave that name to the mountain where his father had been laid to sleep. When he descended to the sea beach he turned his face to the mountain and chanted a lament to the sacred places above, and so the bay there was named Tangi-aro-o-Kahu. He climbed a hill and placed a stone of memory on its summit overlooking the inner gulf and named the stone Tokatea (White Rock). The name became famous in pakeha times when it covered a part of the Coromandel goldfield.