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By: Sophie Blokker  05-Apr-2012

The local Maori Legend of Te Mata peak.
The legend says..
"The Legend of Te Mata, Havelock North, New Zealand
The Legend tells that the giant, Te Mata, was a trouble maker, so the local chiefs arranged that he fall in love with a beautiful maiden. Before she would marry him, she insisted that he accomplish several difficult tasks, the final task being that he eat through the mountain range behind Havelock North. Being impatient, Te Mata took an enormous bite and promptly choked to death. It is the outline of his fallen body which now forms the outline of Te Mata Peak."