Story: Leisure in traditional Māori society – ngā mahi a te rēhia

Tūtānekai playing his flute

Tūtānekai playing his flute

This carving in Rotorua city centre shows the renowned Te Arawa ancestor Tūtānekai playing a flute. It reflects one leisure pursuit of young Māori, that of trying to woo their sweethearts. Tūtānekai often played his kōauau, and his compositions lured his beloved Hinemoa to swim across Lake Rotorua to visit him on Mokoia Island.

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Ross Calman, 'Leisure in traditional Māori society – ngā mahi a te rēhia - Leisure in traditional Māori society', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/40181/tutanekai-playing-his-flute (accessed 13 December 2019)

Story by Ross Calman, published 5 Sep 2013