This tekoteko (carved gable figure) is believed to depict Tauheikurī, the daughter of Kahungunu, and one of her sons, Māhaki, who gave rise to the tribe Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki. Since Kahungunu was a direct descendant of Porourangi, this carving shows the link between Ngāti Porou and Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki.
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