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Pou Whenua: It’s back at Arataki Visitor Centre

Arataki Visitor Centre with New Pou

Arataki Visitor Centre with New Pou

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.

Top of the Pou

Top of the Pou

Details

Details

2 Comments

  1. Splendid photos and the close-ups of the carvings gives us so much detail. I wonder what my “totem” would look like if an artist carved it for our family. Would be fun to design one.

  2. Looks great. Fascinating culture.

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