Mt Rakaumangamanga, at the headland of the end of the Cape Brett peninsula, has huge significance for the Maori people.
It marks one of pivotal corners of the so called ‘polynesian triangle’. The earliest navigators came from within this triangle to arrive in Aotearoa (i.e. New Zealand). The other points of the triangle are Hawaiiki and Easter Island.
Mt Rakaumangamanga (“the branching out of the canoes”) is named after Te Heke Nui (“the Great Migration”) which comprised a fleet of seven waka canoes.
This fleet landed at the foot of the ridge which came to be known as Mt Rakaumangamanga and each of its seven peaks is said to represent a waka.
The Polynesian Triangle is often used as a simple way to define Polynesia.
Anthropologists believe that all modern Polynesian cultures, including Maori, descend from a single culture which originated in South East Asia.