Kōwhatu ki te Uru is an important Te Kawerau-a-Maki ancestor. This carving of him at Karekare is by Sunnah Thompson, a Te Kawerau-a-Maki artist. Kōwhatu ki te Uru built the pā Te Kākāwhakaara (the watchman) at Karekare. Te Kawerau-a-Maki once held land from the Waitākere Ranges north to Leigh.
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