Te Toka a Taiao is the place the Mataatua waka landed at Te Toka Tapu, which is sited opposite (Statue Rock) at the Whakatane river mouth. When the waka began to drift and was in danger of being swept onto the rocks, the wife of Toroa Wairaka uttered the famous words: “E, kia Whakatane ake au I ahau’ – I shall act as a man and paddled the waka to safety.
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