Story: When was New Zealand first settled?

Carved post, Arataki visitor centre

Carved post, Arataki visitor centre

This carved post stands outside the visitor centre in the Waitakere Ranges, west of Auckland. It depicts some of the ancestors of local iwi Te Kawerau-a-Maki. The earliest ancestor, Tiriwā, appears at the top. Below him are Hape (senior priest on the Tainui canoe), Hoturoa (captain of the Tainui), Maki (a famous warrior), Te Kawerau-a-Maki (Maki’s son), and Te Hawiti (Maki’s great-grandson). This shows how direct blood lines (Maki and his descendants) can be found interwoven with earlier ancestors (Tiriwā, Hape and Hoturoa) within whakapapa.

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Geoff Irwin and Carl Walrond, 'When was New Zealand first settled? - Genealogical dating', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/3612/carved-post-arataki-visitor-centre (accessed 8 December 2019)

Story by Geoff Irwin and Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 May 2016