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Pou Whenua: Tiriwa at Arataki

Tiriwa

Tiriwa

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.

2 Comments

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

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

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