Story: Ngārara – reptiles

Lizard carving

Lizard carving

This carving of a ngārara (reptile) is on a post of Tamatekapua meeting house at Whakarewarewa. Traditionally, ngārara are rarely represented in Māori carving. However, when they are depicted, it is usually as kaitiaki or guardians.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Albert Percy Godber Collection (PA-Group-00048)
Reference: PAColl-3039-1-012

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Bradford Haami, 'Ngārara – reptiles - What are ngārara?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 June 2024)

Story by Bradford Haami, published 24 Sep 2007