In 1990, as part of the commemorations to mark the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Porou commissioned Mātahi Avauli Whakataka-Brightwell to carve the canoe Te Aio o Nukutaimemeha, named after Māui’s canoe, Nukutaimemeha. It was completed in April 1999 and now sits at Rangitukia, near the mouth of Waiapu River, with its prow headed in the direction of Mt Hikurangi.
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