Many tribes have lived on the Tāmaki isthmus, and there have been many battles in the area. In one fought at Rarotonga (Mt Smart), Maki asked his warriors to use the kō or digging stick as a weapon. Maki was the founding ancestor of Te Kawerau-a-Maki, who are the tangata whenua of the Waitākere Ranges. The carving of Maki is part of a pole of Te Kawerau-a-Maki ancestors which stands in front of the Arataki Visitors’ Centre in the Waitākeres.
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