Story: Whakairo – Māori carving

Modern marae: Takahanga (2nd of 2)

Modern marae: Takahanga

Takahanga marae, overlooking the town of Kaikōura, was opened in 1992, although its site has been occupied for about 800 years. Kaikōura relies on tourist income, and the marae was designed with this and other non-traditional uses in mind. Its carvings include this representation of Paikea, a legendary whale rider. The marae also features major site-specific sculptures and other artworks by both Māori and non-Māori artists.

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Brett Graham, 'Whakairo – Māori carving - Carving in urban environments', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Brett Graham, published 22 Oct 2014