Story: Ranginui – the sky

Meeting-house post

Meeting-house post

In Te Tumu Herenga Waka marae at Victoria University of Wellington, the ceiling represents Ranginui, the sky, and the floor Papatūānuku, the earth. Three posts – the pou tāhū (front post), the pou tokomanawa (centre post) and the pou tuarongo (back wall post) – support the tāhuhu (ridgepole), and represent the connection between Ranginui and Papatūānuku.

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Te Tumu Herenga Waka Marae, Victoria University of Wellington

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How to cite this page:

Rāwiri Taonui, 'Ranginui – the sky - Ranginui – the sky father', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5171/meeting-house-post (accessed 11 December 2018)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 12 Jun 2006