This artwork by Brian Flintoff depicts Rākaihautū digging out the lakes of the South Island with his kō (digging stick). The lakes are known as Ngā Puna Karikari-a-Rākaihautū (the springs dug out by Rākaihautū). The discovery and naming of natural features by an ancestor ensured that their descendants could claim rights to these areas.
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Mixed media by Brian Flintoff
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