Hinemoa was a Maori maiden of high rank and rare beauty, the daughter of a chief. She dwelt on the borders of Lake Rotorua in all the splendor of her father's camp. On the island of Mokoia, in the center of the lake, dwelt chief Whakaue. his three sons, and Tutanekai, son of the chief's wife by another father. Thus Tutanekai, bearing the ban of illegitimacy, was scorned by his stepbrothers, but treated as a son by the noble old chief. The three brothers sought the hand of Hinemoa in marriage, but she bestowed her love on Tutanekai, much to the brothers' dismay and to that of Hinemoa's parents, who forbade her to marry Tutanekai because of the blight in his birth. She refused to choose another, so a great running match was decided upon to determine who should win her. Tutanekai was the victor. In spite of which, Hinemoa's people still refused to permit them to marry. And to prevent any possibility of the lovers joining, Tutanekai was sent back to the island of Mokoia and all boats were...
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