5th august 1900.
looking out toward the where the river run. In 1900 on a sunday 5th August the Maraenui children 16 and two adults set off to cross the river on their way to Omaio to the school ( they stayed the week and returned the following Friday)
The Omaio people came on the monday to see where they were it was then the tragedy was realised.
Reading Google MOTU RIVER DROWNINGS the tragic story unfolds.
Infront of the marae there stands a monument to the sad little lives that went that day.
As a mark of respect there is still today no fishing at the mouth of the river on a Saturday.