Story: Bay of Plenty region

Awanuiarangi

Awanuiarangi

This work is at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiarangi, a centre of higher learning in Whakatāne. The carved panel at left depicts Awanuiarangi, ancestor of the Ngāti Awa and Te Āti Awa people. He was a descendant of Toroa (captain of the Mataatua canoe). The central figure is the explorer Toitehuatahi. Here, he is likened to the centre’s chief executive Gary Hook, who is fishing for degree qualifications rather than fish.

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Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi
Photograph by Lynne Raumati

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Bay of Plenty region - Māori traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5549/awanuiarangi (accessed 27 June 2017)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 4 Aug 2016