Story: Kaitiakitanga – guardianship and conservation

Pūkākī carving

Pūkākī carving

This large carved figure represents Pūkākī, who was an important leader of the Ngāti Whakaue tribe. He is being welcomed home by his descendants in 1997 after being returned from the Auckland War Memorial Museum. The return recognised Ngāti Whakaue’s role as kaitiaki of this taonga (treasure). They then took Pūkākī to the Rotorua District Council, where he now stands. The carving was originally part of a waharoa (gateway) at Te Papa-i-Ōuru marae.

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Private collection, Paul Tapsell
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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Kaitiakitanga – guardianship and conservation - Understanding kaitiakitanga', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 April 2024)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007