Story: Whakairo – Māori carving

Taranaki pātaka

Taranaki pātaka

This magnificently carved pātaka (food storehouse) was painted by Charles Heaphy in 1842. It stood within the Ngāti Tama pā of Ōtumatua on the north Taranaki coast. The pātaka was mounted on twin poles to protect the contents from rats, and was reached by a notched pole with steps too far apart for rats to climb.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-146-009
Watercolour by Charles Heaphy

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How to cite this page:

Brett Graham, 'Whakairo – Māori carving - Carving, 1500 to 1800', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/43063/taranaki-pataka (accessed 21 October 2020)

Story by Brett Graham, published 22 Oct 2014