A still winter evening last year as the light dwindles over Lake Rotokakahi (The Green Lake), in Rotorua, New Zealand.
Rotokakahi means the lake of the shellfish “kakahi”. While the Green Lake is now deserted and tapu, in days gone by it was heavily populated. The lake was known for its kakahi, an edible shellfish found in the lake’s sandy bed. It is also famous for its island named Motutawa, the burial ground of many Maori ancestors
Rotokakahi is privately owned by local iwi and considered tapu or sacred, with no swimming or boating permitted on the lake. A small island on the lake is also of historical significance, and many people are buried there.