Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

October 15, 2012

Pou Whenua: Tiriwa at Arataki

Filed under: Arataki,Art,pou — paul @ 7:19 am


Tiriwa is an ancester of the local Maori tribe, the Kawerau a Maki. Their name for the Waitakere Ranges is “Te Wao Nui a Tiriwa” (The Great Forest of Tiriwa). The main carver of this pou, situated out the back of the Arataki Visitor Centre, is Sunnah Thompson, showing a minimalist styling in this pou. A more elaborate version is seen on top of the pou in front of the centre.


  1. The carvings in your May, 2011 remind me of Native American totems.

    Comment by Tulsa Gentleman — October 15, 2012 @ 11:50 am

  2. He is a great artist. I liked the portrait you took of him.

    Comment by Stefan Jansson — October 15, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

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