Story: Ngā tamariki – Māori childhoods

Ipu whenua

Ipu whenua

An ipu whenua was traditionally used to contain the placenta of a newborn baby, and was then buried in a special place. Ipu whenua were originally made from gourds. This replica was carved in tōtara wood by Jacob Heberley of Te Āti Awa.

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How to cite this page:

Rawinia Higgins me Paul Meredith, 'Ngā tamariki – Māori childhoods - Traditional Māori childhoods', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/30534/ipu-whenua (accessed 23 February 2020)

Story by Rawinia Higgins me Paul Meredith, published 5 May 2011