Story: Bay of Plenty region



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 academic qualifications rather than fish.

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Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi
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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Bay of Plenty region - Māori traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 July 2024)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 Aug 2016