Story: Tangaroa – the sea



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
Artwork by Gus Hunter

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Tangaroa – the sea - Ruatepupuke and the origin of carving', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 June 2022)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 12 Jun 2006