Story: Canterbury places

Māori at Weka Pass

Māori at Weka Pass

Weka Pass lies between the northern end of the Canterbury Plains and the Amuri district. It was first used by Māori as a thoroughfare and shelter more than 500 years ago. Their rock drawings, on the walls of limestone overhangs, survive today. This 1876 painting is an imagined scene at the pass, showing some of the drawings.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: G-391
Oil on canvas by Thomas Selby Cousins

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How to cite this page:

John Wilson, 'Canterbury places - Amuri district', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/10165/maori-at-weka-pass (accessed 14 December 2019)

Story by John Wilson, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015, updated 17 Aug 2015