Story: Māori architecture - whare Māori

Raharuhi Rukupō self-portrait

Raharuhi Rukupō self-portrait

Raharuhi Rukupō depicted himself holding a carver's adze in this pou whenua (ancestral pillar), part of the great meeting house Te Hau-ki-Tūranga. This and other whare whakairo (carved houses) built on the East Coast from the early 1840s established the best-known conventions of Māori architecture in the present day. 

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Deidre Brown, 'Māori architecture - whare Māori - Rise of whare whakairo', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Deidre Brown, published 22 Oct 2014