Story: Marlborough region

Kupe and the octopus (1st of 2)

Kupe and the octopus

This carved pou (post) at Karaka Point, near Picton, shows the legendary navigator Kupe overcoming the giant octopus Te Wheke-o-Muturangi, whose head is upside down at the base of the carving.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Marlborough region - Early Māori history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 February 2024)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 Nov 2016