Whakaotirangi, the wife of Ruaeo, was kidnapped by Tamatekapua and brought to New Zealand on the Te Arawa canoe. Both Tainui and Te Arawa traditions state that she was responsible for safeguarding the seed of the kūmara (sweet potato) on the voyage. In this carving at Ōtāwhao marae, Te Awamutu, she holds a basket of kūmara.
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