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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