Story: Māori architecture - whare Māori

Hīona, Maungapōhatu, 1907

Hīona, Maungapōhatu, 1907

Hīona, the massive circular temple built by followers of Rua Kēnana in the heart of the Urewera, is shown here in 1907, soon after it was built. Rua and several of his wives stand on the platform at upper right. This unique building is thought to be based in part on published descriptions of the ancient Hebrew temple, the Dome of the Rock. After Rua's arrest and imprisonment in 1916, his community was traumatised. Hīona fell into disrepair and was eventually demolished. 

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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