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Kupe and Kuramārōtini

Kupe and Kuramārōtini

This poupou (carved column) is at Tāne-nui-a-rangi, the Waipapa marae at the University of Auckland. It shows Kupe holding a paddle – a token of his skill as a navigator – and the octopus of his enemy Muturangi. In one oral tradition Kupe went out fishing in Hawaiki with his friend Hoturapa and Hoturapa’s wife Kuramārōtini. Kupe left Hoturapa to drown at sea so that he could steal Kuramārōtini. In the middle of this carving, the octopus’s tentacles are entwined around Kuramārōtini.

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Waipapa Marae, University of Auckland
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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'First peoples in Māori tradition - Kupe', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2024)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 8 Feb 2005