Pirongia mountain is shown in this 1861 watercolour by John Kinder. Mountains have a vital role in the tūrangawaewae (standing place) of different tribes. At the selection of the first Māori king, Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, flax ropes were attached to a flagstaff to represent the mountains of the assembled tribes from around New Zealand. For the Waikato tribes, the flax ropes represented Pirongia and Taupiri mountains.
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Watercolour by John Kinder
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