The grisly named Ō Kete Upoko meaning
place of the basket of heads recalls the exploits of the Ngāi Tahu chief Te Rakiwhakaputa who decorated this rocky outcrop with the heads of defeated Ngāti Māmoe warriors.
In one battle on the beach of Ōhinehou, where the docks of Lyttelton now stand, Te Rakiwhakaputa defeated and beheaded many Ngāti Māmoe, some of high rank. He bore their heads in a kete to the rocky summit as an offering to the Gods.
The name refers to the rocky heights above the town of Lyttelton. The summit is still tapu to Māori, having been a burial spot and dwelling place of tribal gods.
- Arthur (Hiwi) Couch, Rāpaki Remembered: History and Reminiscence, Te Waihora Press and The Canterbury Māori Studies Association, 1987
- James Cowan, Maori folk tales of the port hills, Third Edition, facsimile of First Edition, with index, 1995, Cadsonbury Publications (First published 1923)
- Walter De Thier, Sumner to Ferrymead: A Christchurch History, Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1976