This pou (carved post) depicts Te Ao Kapurangi, a chieftainess of Ngāti Rangiwewehi. Ngāpuhi chief Hongi Hika led a raiding party against Te Arawa, then said he would only spare people who passed between Te Ao Kapurangi's thighs. She stood on the roof of the meeting house and her relatives went inside.
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