Story: Te whānau puha – whales

Ruawharo carving from Kahungunu marae

Ruawharo carving from Kahungunu marae

Ruawharo was a senior tohunga (priest) on the Tākitimu canoe, and settled at Te Māhia. He was responsible for implanting a mauri or talisman at Te Māhia, after which there was an increase in the number of whales in the region. This carving of him is at Kahungunu marae at Nūhaka.

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Bradford Haami, 'Te whānau puha – whales - Whales in Māori tradition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 June 2024)

Story by Bradford Haami, published 12 Jun 2006