Story: Ngāti Porou

Māui on Mt Hikurangi

Māui on Mt Hikurangi

These massive sculptures on Mt Hikurangi were commissioned by Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Porou as part of the millennium celebrations. They tell the story of the Ngāti Porou ancestor Māui, who fished the North Island up from the sea. Hikurangi was the first piece of land to emerge, and became the sacred mountain of Ngāti Porou. The Māui whakairo is one of the nine carvings located on Mt Hikurangi, carved by students from Toihoukura under the guidance of Derek Lardelli.

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Tamati Muturangi Reedy, 'Ngāti Porou - Ancestors', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/641/maui-on-mt-hikurangi (accessed 7 July 2020)

Story by Tamati Muturangi Reedy, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017