Story: Ngāti Porou

Gable carving

Gable carving

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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Tamati Muturangi Reedy, 'Ngāti Porou - Ancestors', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 September 2023)

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