National Geographic : 1962 Apr
KODACHROMESBY NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERROBERTB. GOODMAN© N.G.S. Natural Caldron at Rotorua Cooks Food Maori Style Demonstrating the method, 15-year old Turangi Rikihana holds a cord attached to a kit containing mussels, potatoes, and pork. If the food re mains in the water too long, it ac quires a sulphur flavor. Seemingly bottomless, the Pareko huru Basin supplies most of the hot water needed at Whakarewarewa, a model village where Maoris pre serve their ancestors' ways. Extended tongue of a carved wooden figure shows defiance, a gesture Maori warriors made to frighten foes. This figure and others adorning a fence around Whakare warewa represent tribal heroes and gods and remind Maoris of ancient struggles between good and evil. Nature provides hot water for bathing and washing at Rotorua. A run down a sluice from the Pareko huru Basin robs the water of enough heat to make it bearable.