Story: Whānau – Māori and family

Tamatea

Tamatea

This carved pou is Tamatea, an important ancestor for Ngāti Kahungunu. In his hand he holds a hoe (paddle) symbolising his name, Tamatea pōkai whenua, referring to his circumnavigation of New Zealand. Ancestors such as Tamatea are important as they set the foundations for the whānau, creating links among the present generations.

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How to cite this page:

Tai Walker, 'Whānau – Māori and family - Factors dividing whānau', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/30155/tamatea (accessed 24 August 2019)

Story by Tai Walker, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jun 2017