Bare Island (New Zealand)

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Bare Island
Motu-O-Kura (Māori)
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Bare Island
Location Hawke's Bay
Coordinates 39°49′59″S 177°01′39″E / 39.833125°S 177.027589°E / -39.833125; 177.027589
Area 15 ha (37 acres)
Highest elevation 106 m (348 ft)
Population 0

Bare Island, also known as Motu-O-Kura (or "the Island of Kura" in Māori), is a small island located in the Pacific Ocean in the southern Hawke's Bay on the eastern North Island of New Zealand. It is located 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) off the North island coast, near Waimarama, 25 kilometres (16 mi) south of Cape Kidnappers.

On the south-west side of the island, there is an aquifer exuding fresh water (called Nga Puhake-o-te-ora or "the burp of life"). From the shore Motuokura is bare, but from the seaward side, there is enough cover to provide resting sites for blue penguins and sooty shearwaters.

When Jules Dumont d'Urville sailed past in 1827 he reported houses and boats on the seaward side.

The legend of Motu-O-Kura[edit]

According to Māori legend, the island is named after a woman named Kura. Kura, during times of siege, would dive down to obtain fresh water from the aquifer on the island.[1]

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