Story: Wairarapa places

Whakairo figure

Whakairo figure

Eighteen whakairo (carved figures) encircle Pāpāwai marae, each representing a famous ancestor. The figures face inwards to indicate peace between Māori and Pākehā.

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Ben Schrader, 'Wairarapa places - Pāpāwai marae', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, updated 11 Jun 2015