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Wakatū Incorporation carving

Wakatū Incorporation carving

This carving stands in the Wakatū Incorporation’s registered office in Nelson. The Wakatū Incorporation, established in 1977, oversees the assets and lands of the Nelson Tenths. The circular top of the carving incorporates Wakatū’s logo, showing a koru (fern frond) rising up as a wave, with a symbolic canoe prow. The base represents the history of the Nelson area. The central figure at the bottom is Te Rauparaha and the small figures down each side represent the original chiefs of the four tribes, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Rarua, Ngāti Tama and Te Āti Awa, who were the original owners of the Nelson Native Reserve lands now vested in the Wakatū Incorporation.

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Hilary Mitchell and John Mitchell, 'Te Tau Ihu tribes - Modern revival', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 March 2023)

Story by Hilary Mitchell and John Mitchell, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017