Story: Tapa whenua – naming places

Pou whenua, Petone

Pou whenua, Petone

This pou whenua (land post), facing the harbour at Petone, is a representation of Te Āti Awa chief Hōniana Te Puni, wearing a kahukurī (dog-skin cloak). The name Petone is a corruption of Pito-one which means beach end.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Tapa whenua – naming places - Events, maps and European influences', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/18656/pou-whenua-petone (accessed 15 November 2019)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 24 Nov 2008