Farming locality on the uppuer reaches of the valley of the Manawatu River, to the east of the Tararua Range, 18km north-east of Dannevirke.

Meaning of place name
Ma: stream; kotuku: white heron; or a contraction of Makotukutuku: ma: stream; kotukutuku: a flowering tree. The latter is probably the correct interpretation, as the white heron would rarely be seen.

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