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November 23, 2010

Pou Whenua: Huia

Filed under: Art,Huia,pou — paul @ 7:07 am
Pou Whenua: Huia

Pou Whenua: Huia

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.

Hiding behind the Waterfall

Hiding behind the Waterfall

1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the closeup shot. It shows the detail of the carving.

    Comment by joan — November 23, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

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