“The Pou Whenua is carved from a single piece of kauri timber and stands 6 metres tall. The top figure in a strong haka pose represents the time when power to hold life and land was mostly physical. The middle and bottom figures represent modern times, one of them being a sports player, the other represents learning. The three figures represent the history of the area and connect to, and value, the library as a source of information and knowledge in the modern age.”
This pou whenua is by John Collins and Sunnah Thompson, Matariki Carvers, Te Kawerau A Maki.
More images of pou in the region will follow later.