Story: Ngāti Maniapoto

Carved poles at Ōtorohanga

Carved poles at Ōtorohanga

In Ōtorohanga township there are two carved poles depicting eight prominent chiefs of Ngāti Maniapoto. On the first, from the top, are: Maniapoto, the founder of the tribe; Taonui, the high priest; Te Wētini, the great warrior; and Wahanui, renowned for his prowess in oratory. On the second, from the top, are: Tūhoro, a man of few words but influential nonetheless; Te Kanawa, of whom it was said ‘Te Kanawa, ki te ringaringa nui hei whāwhā’ (Te Kanawa, he with the strong hand); Te Hauāuru, who was a strong supporter of Pōtatau as the first Māori king; and Te Haupōkia, a signatory to the Treaty of Waitangi and one of those involved in the early flax trade with Australia.

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Tūhuatahi Tui Adams and Paul Meredith, 'Ngāti Maniapoto - The Māori King movement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 May 2022)

Story by Tūhuatahi Tui Adams and Paul Meredith, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017