Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Te Papa Carving

Te Papa, Wellington. April 2009. Ajr
This is the magnificent carving Waharoa (gateway) that greets you when you arrive on the first floor at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. It was carved from a slab of totara measuring 6.6-metres long x 1.2-metres wide by Neke Kapua of Ngati Tarawhai iwi of the Arawa people and his sons Tene and Eramiha, especially for the New Zealand International Exhibition in Christchurch in 1906-07. It was part of a double stockade that enclosed the exhibition’s model pa, Arai-te-Uru.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Adrienne,
    The exact name is Waharoa (not whataroa). More info can be found there:


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