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NgaiTakoto Pouwhenua

This Pou tells the story of NgaiTakoto
through their principal Tupuna, Tuwhakatere
and his son, Hoka, the smaller figure below.
Tuwhakatere’s two wives are beside him,
on the left is Tuterangiatohia (Ngati Kuri)
and on the right is Tupoia (Ngati Kahu)

Below the Tupuna figures
are symbols of NgaiTakoto’s four marae.

The important connection to Rangaunu Harbour
is denoted by the multiple carvings of the
Pioke (dogfish shark) and the stingray.
the pioke is symbolic of the tribe’s whakatauki…
He iti marangai, tu ana te pahukahuka,
He iti pioke no Rangaunu he au tona…
This refers to, small although the pioke may be,
great is its wake, as it traverses the might of the Rangaunu harbour.

This Pou is situated in the Te Ahu Centre Atrium, Kaitaia
Unveiled October 2012