Story: Kaitiakitanga – guardianship and conservation

Whakapakoko atua

Whakapakoko atua

This whakapakoko atua (god stick) is believed to represent Rongo, the god of agriculture. These sticks were often located near gardens of kūmara (sweet potatoes). They were protective talismans to ensure plentiful crops.

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How to cite this page:

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Kaitiakitanga – guardianship and conservation - Key concepts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/11598/whakapakoko-atua (accessed 18 November 2018)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007