Story: Te Arawa

Pūkākī as a gateway

Pūkākī as a gateway

This watercolour, sketched at Ōhinemutu around 1848, is the only one which shows the carving, Pūkākī, as a kūwaha (gateway). A prominent bend in the Ngongotaha Stream is known as Pūkākī, and some cite this area as the source of the log from which Pūkākī was carved. Pūkākī was later converted from a gateway to a tiki (freestanding figure). By 1850 Pūkākī was sitting in front of Korokai’s chiefly residence, Te Angaanga at Ōhinemutu.

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Reference: B.042198
Ink and watercolour sketch by Captain T. J. Grant

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Paul Tapsell, 'Te Arawa - Warfare and marriages', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/1529/pukaki-as-a-gateway (accessed 18 October 2021)

Story by Paul Tapsell, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017