Story: Whakairo – Māori carving

Waharoa at Aotea Square

This item from Māori-language television news programme Te Karere showcases the opening of a waharoa (entrance way) carved by Selwyn Muru of Ngāpuhi and Te Aupōuri at Aotea Square in central Auckland. It is noted that the waharoa has both Māori and Pākehā elements. The mayor of Auckland, John Banks, notes that the waharoa is a tribute to the people of Ngāti Whātua. When asked for the explanation regarding the waharoa, Muru explains, 'Pēnā ka riro māku nei e whakamārama, kāore e tika taku mahi.' (If I need to explain my work, then I was not successful in its execution).

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Brett Graham, 'Whakairo – Māori carving - Carving in the 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Brett Graham, published 22 Oct 2014