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Pou Whenua: Karanga-a-Hape — Cornwallis

Hape

Hape

Near the Pine Avenue entrance to Cornwallis Beach stands this pou, depicting Hape (an ancestor of the local Kawerau-a-Maki tribe) and local taniwha (guardians of the Manukau Harbour).

“Te Karanga-a-Hape is the Maori name for Cornwallis. It recalls the moment when ‘upon the call of Hape’ a trap near here was sprung, ensnaring a visiting taniwha.”

Pou Whenua: Karanga-a-Hape --- Cornwallis

Pou Whenua: Karanga-a-Hape — Cornwallis

Pou Whenua: Karanga-a-Hape --- Cornwallis

Pou Whenua: Karanga-a-Hape — Cornwallis

Pou Whenua: Karanga-a-Hape --- Cornwallis

Pou Whenua: Karanga-a-Hape — Cornwallis

2 Comments

  1. there’s something about maori carvings that make me feel very proud to be a kiwi, there are some very clever people out there 🙂

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