Story: Māori creation traditions

Exterior of a meeting house

Exterior of a meeting house

The meeting house pictured is located at Victoria University of Wellington. Although its basic construction is that of a traditional meeting house, it does not belong to just one tribe, but many. Because Māori students at the university descend from ancestors who came to New Zealand in different canoes, the meeting house is called Te Tumu Herenga Waka, which means ‘the anchorage post of canoes’.

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Te Tumu Herenga Waka Marae, Victoria University of Wellington

All rights to images of this marae are held by Te Tumu Herenga Waka Marae, Victoria University of Wellington

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How to cite this page:

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Māori creation traditions - Creation and the Māori world view', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/2445/exterior-of-a-meeting-house (accessed 24 July 2019)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 8 Feb 2005