In Māori tradition, the great Taranaki chief Tinirau fell out with his tohunga, Kae, over the chief's pet whale, Tutunui. Kae killed and ate the whale, then escaped to avoid punishment. To locate him, Tinirau sent a kapa haka group to his village. Their performance was so irresistible that Kae smiled broadly, revealing his distinctive overlapping teeth and sealing his fate.
This photo shows the Garden of Tutunui, a large sculpture of a whale skeleton designed by Kim Jarrett in 2006. It was permanently installed at Pātea in 2009.
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