Story: Te Arawa

Te Ara turapa panel

Te Ara turapa panel

This turapa (tukutuku) pattern, called Te Ara, is unique to Te Arawa. It symbolises the voyage of the canoe Te Arawa from Taputapuatea to Maketū 26 generations ago.

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Private collection, Paul Tapsell
Photograph by Quentin Tapsell

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How to cite this page:

Paul Tapsell, 'Te Arawa - Origins', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 October 2021)

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