Story: East Coast region

Whakairo on Hikurangi

Whakairo on Hikurangi

These whakairo (sculptures) represent the demigod Māui-tikitiki-a-Taranga and his family. Māui is regarded as an ancestor by Ngāti Porou and tradition holds that his waka, Nukutaimemeha, rests petrified on the mountain. These carvings are four of nine on the summit of Hikurangi, the sacred mountain of Ngāti Porou.

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Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou
Photograph by Shaun Barnett

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Monty Soutar, 'East Coast region - Māori settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 October 2016)

Full story by Monty Soutar, published 25 Aug 2011, updated 30 Mar 2015