Story: Te Waonui a Tāne – forest mythology

Hongi Hika

Hongi Hika

This engraving by Arnold Frederick Goodwin shows the Ngāpuhi chief Hongi Hika. Like many chiefs of the 1800s, he has a full facial moko (tattoo). Sometimes people with tattoos were described as pou (posts), because like a post they had in a sense been ‘carved’.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-236-006
Wood engraving by Arnold Frederick Goodwin

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Te Waonui a Tāne – forest mythology - Posts and stumps – pou and tumu', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/13165/hongi-hika (accessed 21 November 2019)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007