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Māori rock art

Māori rock art

These striking red figures in a rock shelter at Takiroa, near Duntroon, are probably several hundred years old. The paintings may represent people and a taniwha (water spirit). The limestone provided an ideal surface for painting with red ochre and bird fat.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Otago places - North Otago', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/22741/maori-rock-art (accessed 23 July 2019)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 29 Jul 2015