These whakairo (sculptures) represent the demigod Māui-tikitiki-a-Taranga and his family. Māui is regarded as an ancestor by Ngāti Porou and tradition holds that his waka, Nukutaimemeha, rests petrified on the mountain. These carvings are four of nine on the summit of Hikurangi, the sacred mountain of Ngāti Porou.
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