Ruatepupuke is shown carrying carvings, his son Te Manuhauturuki, and the kuia (elderly woman) Hinematikotai. Ruatepupuke is believed to have retrieved the carvings from the wharenui (meeting house) of Tangaroa. This was the origin of carving in Māori culture.
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Reference: Te Tautoko 27. Wellington: Learning Media Ltd, 1995, p. 12
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