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Tohu on Hikurangi

Tohu on Hikurangi

These whakairo (carvings) are four of nine that stand on Hikurangi, the sacred mountain of Ngāti Porou. They represent the demigod Māui-tikitiki-a-Taranga and his family. In the past pou were used as tohu, markers of human occupation and land rights.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Te ture – Māori and legislation - Laws affecting Māori land', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 June 2024)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 20 Jun 2012