Megan Symonds and Phillip Gemmell from Tuai School, Waikaremoana, study a Ngāti Kahungunu poutokomanawa (post figure) at the Te Māori exhibition in 1986. Te Māori was an outstanding collection of Māori art work from throughout New Zealand which had originally been put together for display internationally. In the United States it created much interest, and when the exhibition returned home large crowds flocked to see it. Te Māori was an important moment when Māori culture came to be seen as central to New Zealand identity both at home and in the way the country was represented abroad.
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