It is with great sadness we have to inform the friends of Moko, he is no longer with us. He will be missed by everyone who met him.
So many people who stoped off for a day in Mahia were amazed by Moko's antics. For some this was an unplanned surprise and the highlight of their trip along the East Coast.
I have left this page here as a memorial to our mate and it will tell you something about this amazing mammal and how he touched so many lives in the short time he made Mahia his home.
7 May 2009
By Jessica Wauchop
The Gisborne Herald
AFTER two years at Mahia Beach, Moko the dolphin is repaying locals for their hospitality by gifting them some of his greatest treasures.
Last week Rosana Ratapu was given a huge, freshly-caught snapper by Moko while she was swimming.
It is not the first incident of this kind, with many people receiving seahorses, gurnard, kahawai and sea dragons.
Ms Ratapu said receiving the snapper from Moko was "the most amazing experience".
"Moko was coming towards me and he had something on his nose. From a distance I didn't realise it was a fish, but he got closer and closer and nudged it into me," said Ms Ratapu.
"He was awesome, it was just amazing. I was so excited it was like getting a whole lot of Christmas presents all in one hit.
"I was playing with Moko and the fish for about an hour, pushing it between us. After a while I thought I would try to take it, to see if he meant me to take it home.
"He blocked me off and I threw it back in case he wanted it and then we played again for another hour . . . after that he nudged it to me again and let me take it home."
Moko has been in the bay since Easter 2007. During this time, he has saved a whale and her calf, stolen body boards from children, gifted fish and seaweed to his friends and entertained thousands of visitors.
"He is absolutely beautiful. I was just the lucky one who happened to be around to receive his present."
The snapper was "delicious", said Ms Ratapu.
"The fish wasn't just meant for me I don't think so I gave most of it away to our koroua and koia (older people), but it was beautiful, nice big steaks.
"When I filleted the fish, inside its puku was a whole seahorse. The snapper must have only just finished eating it when Moko got to it."
Mahia resident Doi Ormond saw the whole event unfold but still struggles to believe it.
"It was amazing. She was so privileged to get that," said Mrs Ormond.
"I was watching her play with Moko and then saw her lifting something out of the water. I couldn't believe it, I thought it was a towel.
"When I realised it was a fish I was shocked. I was telling people at the golf club later in the day and one man said he had seen Moko do something similar with a kingfish."
With school back in full swing and winter setting in, Moko has been short of playmates, said Ms Ratapu.
"There is no doubt he would be getting lonely. He was lavished all summer - he had all this company but that has dwindled right down now."
By Jessica Wauchop
The Gisborne Herald
Moko seems to turn up most days especially if the water in the bay is calm and there are boats out fishing. He loves to play with a buoy which is anchored in the bay to warn boaties to lower their speed before approaching the landing area.
He has managed over the last 2 years to break off the first buoy from its mooring, so DOC have replaced it.
This means Moko has his toy back to play with.
Moko has taught himself to boogie board
Moko has grown since he first came to live at Mahia over 2 yrs ago, he is now over 1.8 mtrs in length.
This lady heard about Moko saving the Pygmy whale and her calf while she was home in France, so said to her partner if we ever go to New Zealand for a holiday, we will go and see if the dolphin is still there. That was over a year ago. They called into the bay for a picnic and ended up playing with Moko for 3 hours.
She said being with Moko 'was amazing' 'a once in a life time experience she would never forget'
'the most exciting thing they had done on their holiday so far'.