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Community on the northern shoreline of the Hokianga Harbour, 7km north-east up the harbour from Rawene. In the early 1800s a timber settlement was established here. On a headland 8km out of town in a plaque commemorating the site of the first Roman Catholic Mass in the country, conducted on 13 January 1838 by Bishop Pompallier.
Meaning of place name
Lit: curse. Named by Kupe, who asked his people to prepare a great feast before their return to Hawaiki. When they failed to cook the hangi properly, he cursed them.