Story: Moriori

The god Hatitimatangi

The god Hatitimatangi

In the 19th century this figure of the Moriori god Hatitimatangi was found in a cave. The holes in the chin may have been drilled for the attachment of a beard. It is the only example of Moriori wood sculpture known to have survived.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: I.006386
Photograph by Brian Brake

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How to cite this page:

Denise Davis and Māui Solomon, 'Moriori - The migrations from Hawaiki', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/1615/the-god-hatitimatangi (accessed 18 October 2019)

Story by Denise Davis and Māui Solomon, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017