The poupou (carving) in the centre is of the Te Arawa ancestor Tamatekapua. He is on stilts, reflecting an incident in Hawaiki where he used stilts to steal fruit – one of the actions which led to him leaving for Aotearoa on the Te Arawa canoe. Arriving in Aotearoa, he and other chiefs on board claimed land by naming it after parts of their bodies – a process called taunaha whenua.
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