Story: Te Arawa

Pūkaki as a gateway

Pūkaki as a gateway

This watercolour, sketched at Ōhinemutu around 1848, is the only one which shows the carving, Pūkaki, as a kūwaha (gateway). A prominent bend in the Ngongotaha Stream is known as Pūkaki, and some cite this area as the source of the log from which Pūkaki was carved. Pūkaki was later converted from a gateway to a tiki (freestanding figure). By 1850 Pūkaki was sitting in front of Korokai’s chiefly residence, Te Angaanga at Ōhinemutu.

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Reference: B.042198
Ink and watercolour sketch by Captain T. J. Grant

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Paora Tapsell, 'Te Arawa - Warfare and marriages', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/1529/pukaki-as-a-gateway (accessed 10 August 2022)

Story by Paora Tapsell, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017