Story: Muriwhenua tribes

Kaitāia carving

This remarkable carving from about 1400 was once thought to be a door lintel, but is more likely a roof decoration, designed to be seen from both sides. Now in the Auckland Museum, it originally came from Lake Tāngonge, near Kaitāia in the heart of Te Rarawa territory.

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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
Reference: Ethno 6341

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How to cite this page:

Rāwiri Taonui, 'Muriwhenua tribes - Te Aupōuri and Te Rarawa', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/430/kaitaia-carving (accessed 10 August 2022)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017