Story: Tangaroa – the sea

Carved exterior

Carved exterior

Ruatepupuke rescued the exterior carvings of Tangaroa’s underwater house and brought them back to dry land. They were used as a template for all future carvings, such as these in the porch of the meeting house at Te Herenga Waka marae.

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Te Tumu Herenga Waka Marae, Victoria University of Wellington

All rights to images of this marae are held by Te Tumu Herenga Waka Marae, Victoria University of Wellington

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How to cite this page:

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Tangaroa – the sea - Ruatepupuke and the origin of carving', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/7403/carved-exterior (accessed 15 November 2019)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 12 Jun 2006