The History of the legend of Te Wai o Rona is a local story of the Kawhia people. It is perhaps one of the most intriguing stories in the Waikato as it speaks of a Tupuna (ancestor) and provides a moral that is as applicable today as it was back then.
The name - “Rona” – commemorates a Tupuna (ncestor) who was sent to fetch water, in gourds, from the spring during the hours of darkness. Rona did so reluctantly and depended on the moon to provide light, so she could follow the path safely. A cloud hid the moon temporarily and she tripped over some tree roots and damaged the gourds, which caused her to curse the moon. Upon hearing her cursing, the moon took offence at what she said, reached down and grabbed Rona and took her back to his domain.
Rona, her gourds, and the tree she clung to while trying and prevent the moon from taking her, can still be seen on the surface of the moon.
The moral of the story: Always show respect to superior powers, especially during testing situations; otherwise - suffer the consequences.