Photographer's Note

Just 10 minutes walk from downtown Rotorua is the Māori village of Ohinemutu. This place is home to the Ngāti Whakaue tribe, who gifted the land on which the city of Rotorua was built. Ngati Whakaue is a sub-tribe of the Te Arawa waka (canoe) which journeyed from the Pacific homeland of Hawaiiki to New Zealand around 1350AD. The location was chosen for its lakeside setting and abundant geothermal energy, used for cooking, bathing and heating.

In Ohinemutu there is the Maori church and the Marae - meeting house. But you can also see just the house where the people live. I wanted to see the house closer but someone came out of the sudden and I quickly went away. One must be careful there, as everywhere there are pools with the hot thermal water.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13027 W: 139 N: 33711] (153774)
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