Story: Māori housing – te noho whare

Carved pare

Carved pare

This pare, or door lintel, was carved in the Bay of Plenty in the 1850s and relates the story of Ranginui and Papatūānuku. In the creation tradition, Ranginui (the sky father) and Papatūānuku (the earth mother) were locked in an embrace, and were later separated by their children, creating the heavens and the earth. The spirals show light coming into the world. 

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How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'Māori housing – te noho whare - Wharepuni to European house', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 5 Sep 2013