In ancient times amidst the slopes of Puketoi, there grew a huge Totara tree. This was indeed no ordinary tree. This Totara was far taller than all other trees of the forest. But far more than this, this tree was the dwelling place of an Atua whose name was Okatia.
One day there began a rumble from within this tree. The head of the tree began to whirl round and round. The Atua Okatia grew increasingly restless with his desire to journey to the sea.