Story: Te whānau puha – whales

Paikea at Takahanga marae (3rd of 3)

Paikea at Takahanga marae

This carving represents Paikea, and it is from the Takahanga marae at Kaikōura. The Ngāti Kurī people of Kaikōura, like the Ngāti Porou people of the North Island’s East Coast, have a tradition about Paikea riding a whale back to shore. The Ngāti Kurī people have continued their relationship with whales through their tourism venture, Whale Watch.

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Bradford Haami, 'Te whānau puha – whales - Whales and Māori voyaging', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

Story by Bradford Haami, published 12 Jun 2006