Story: Hawaiki

Tāwhaki

Tāwhaki

Te Puna Wai Mātauranga (the wellspring of knowledge) was carved by Bob Koko and stands outside the University of Waikato library in Hamilton. It represents Tāwhaki, who was one of the supernatural inhabitants of Hawaiki. According to Tainui tradition, he ascended the heavens and received the three baskets of knowledge.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Hawaiki - The significance of Hawaiki', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/476/tawhaki (accessed 23 July 2019)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 20 Apr 2015