Story: Te Waonui a Tāne – forest mythology

Tukutuku panel

Tukutuku panel

This woven tukutuku panel is from Te Tumu Herenga Waka marae, Victoria University. The panel has the same name as the marae – meaning ‘the hitching post of canoes’. In the centre is the tumu (stump) to which the waka (canoes) are tied. This represents the ethos of the marae – a place where people from all areas can ‘hitch’ their waka. The tumu is usually a tree stump, and represents the tribe’s solid foundation.

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Te Tumu Herenga Waka Marae, Victoria University of Wellington

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How to cite this page:

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Te Waonui a Tāne – forest mythology - Posts and stumps – pou and tumu', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13166/tukutuku-panel (accessed 15 December 2019)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007