This pou whenua stands at the beginning of the Karamatura Loop walk near Huia (map), and tells the story of the traditional name of the area where it stands: Kaingamatura — dwelling place of the deaf. It shows a shark to recall the occasions when the tribe of Kawerau a Maki went shark fishing from here. At one time an illicit liaison of a girl and a man from another tribe was found out, and the pair fled, hiding behind the rushing waters of a waterfall nearby, resulting in temporary deafness. Love won out, there was a happy ending!
From the interpretive plaque: This pou “recognises that this is a special place, somewhere to be enjoyed and respected by all.”
Carved by Te Kawerau a Maki carvers.