Carver: James Tapeata
Medium: Traditional Maori Carving
This joint project between with the Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Katikati Open-Air Art. This traditional carving is called a ‘Pou whenua’ – a vertical land post much like a totem pole it tells a story. The main figure depicted is Tamawhariua the eponymous ancestor of the local hapu Ngai – Tamawhariua, also depicted are his wives Whakahinga and Hikonga, through these relationships Ngai -Tamawhariua has a whakapapa to hapu throughout the Tauranga Moana as well as Hauraki. It is carved from locally grown pine.