This bay was named in memory of Roma Hoera Ruruku, the paramount chief of Ngati Koata during the 1890s.1
Roma Ruruku was an early convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.2
1. Olive Baldwin, Story of New Zealand’s French Pass and d’Urville Island (Plimmerton: Fields Publishing House, 1979) 130.
2. Hilary Mitchell and John Mitchell, Te Tau Ihu O Te Waka: a History of Maori of Nelson and Marlborough: Volume 1: Te Tangata me Te Whenua- the People and the Land (Wellington: Huia, 2004) 111.