Pou Whenua are carved posts erected to symbolise the relationship between the people and the land.
The Arataki Visitor Centre at 300 Scenic Drive used to have a magnificent carved pou which had fallen victim to decay and had to be removed in July 2009. For almost 2 years, there was a gaping empty space which now has been filled by a new one. Carved by Te Kawerau a Maki carvers from fallen kauri from the Waitakere Ranges, this pou represents the ancestry of Te Kawerau a Maki, the tangata whenua of the Waitakere Ranges.
Read more on the press release of the Auckland Council on the occasion of its unveiling on May 6, 2011.