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Māori sculptures

Māori sculptures

These carved whakairo (sculptures) are four of nine depicting Ngāti Porou ancestor Māui-tikitiki-a-taranga and his family. The sculptures are on Hikurangi, a mountain north of Gisborne that is sacred to the tribe. A Ngāti Porou tourism venture takes visitors on guided tours up the mountain to see the sculptures and learn about Māori history and culture.

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Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou
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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Rural tourism - Incentives and barriers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/18840/maori-sculptures (accessed 19 September 2021)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Nov 2008