This painting depicts Rongoueroa, who was the mother of Awanuiarangi, ancestor of Te Āti Awa of Wellington. Rongoueroa also gave birth to Whātonga, whose son Tara gave his name to Wellington Harbour. It is known as Te Whanganui-a-Tara, the great harbour of Tara. Te Āti Awa in Wellington trace their history back to the connection between Awanuiarangi and Whātonga.
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Glasswork by Darcy Nicholas
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