Story: Te hī ika – Māori fishing

Anchor stone

Anchor stone

Shaped like an hourglass, this grooved and polished stone has been set into a stone canoe at Mōkau, on the King Country coast. It is reputed to be the punga (anchor stone) of the Tainui – one of the original voyaging canoes that arrived from Polynesia. It is about 1.2 metres long.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Albert Percy Godber Collection (PA-Group-00048)
Reference: APG-1495-1/4; G
Photograph by Albert Percy Godber

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Paul Meredith, 'Te hī ika – Māori fishing - Traditional practices', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6809/anchor-stone (accessed 1 April 2020)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 12 Jun 2006