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Near Porangahau in southern Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, stands an insubstantial hill with a very substantial name. The hill is known as “Taumata whakatangi hangakoauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu”, which translates approximately to “the summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, played his flute to his loved one.” For brevity, it is often shortened to Taumata.

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