Story: Waikato places

Carved pou

Carved pou

This carved pou (post) was found in the Hamilton suburb of Chartwell, on the east bank of the Waikato River, around 1960. It is elaborately carved, with pāua-shell eyes, and could have been used to mark a boundary or a restricted area. It is one of the relics of intensive pre-1864 Māori occupation of the area now covered by Hamilton city.

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Waikato Museum - Te Whare Taonga o Waikato

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Waikato places - Hamilton', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 March 2018)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, updated 11 Jun 2015