- Mount Edgecumbe/Putauaki
:"For other mountains named Edgecumbe, see
Mount Edgecumbe."Infobox Mountain
Name = Mount Edgecumbe/Pūtauaki
Photo = Putauaki01.jpg
Caption = Mount Edgecumbe (Pūtauaki) from the north
Elevation = convert|820|m|ft|0|lk=on
Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Coordinates = coord|38.1|S|176.8|E |display=inline,title
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Mount Edgecumbe or Pūtauaki is an extinct
dacitevolcanic cone in the Bay of Plentyregion of New Zealand50 km east of Rotoruaand three km east of Kawerau. It was named by Captain James Cook in October 1769 after Sergeant Edgecombe who was the sergeant of marines on his vessel, the "Endeavour".
The mountain rises to 820 m above sea level, and is visible from the waters of the bay, 30 km to the north. Every year a King of the Mountain race is run on Mt Edgecumbe as part of the international King of the Mountain series, and proceeds are donated to charity.
Part of the mountain was taken from the
Ngāti Awapeople in the 1880s as part of a series of North Island land confiscations, supposedly for the purposes of military settlement. In a 1999 report the Waitangi Tribunaldeclared the confiscation illegal because there was no prospect of placing settlers on the mountain. [http://www.waitangi-tribunal.govt.nz/reports/viewchapter.asp?reportID=A949CD08-4825-48BF-B038-FAC923793297&chapter=11 Ngati Awa Raupatu Report, chapter 10, Waitangi Tribunal, 1999.] ]
Legendary source of name
Māorilegend tells of a love affair that Pūtauaki had with Whakaari/White Island. The affair turned bad when she took another lover, Mount Tarawera, and so Pūtauaki cast her out to the sea. Standing beside Putauaki is another, much smaller mountain, said to be their son.
Another version of the legend is that Pūtauaki was lonely after losing a fight for Pīhanga (another mountain) so when he met Tarawera he decided to start a relationship with her. After raising a son and years of a troubled marriage, Pūtauaki cast his eye out towards the sea, where the very beautiful Whakaari was. The two would call out to each other at night while Tarawera slept. One night Pūtauaki could not contain his love any longer and decided to travel out to be with Whakaari. It is said that a mountain can only move once in their life and only at night so Pūtauaki had to travel across the land fast. Little did he know, his son had awoken and was following him. He heard the little whimper from his son and turned around. He tried to tell his son to stay with Tarawera but the little mountain would not leave his father. Then the sun rose and froze the two mountains where they were. When Tarawera awoke she saw that her husband had left and she started to weep, thus creating the
Tarawera Fallsand river. Until this day Tarawera still cries and Whakaari still calls out for her lover, who is frozen to the spot near Kawerau.
* [http://www.peakbagging.co.nz/index.php/Putauaki Walking up Mt Edgecumbe - at peakbagging.co.nz]
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