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Carvers In the Courtyard - He Marae Toki Whakairo

Carvers In the Courtyard - He Marae Toki Whakairo

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  • Sat 25 Feb ’17, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 26 Feb ’17, 10:00am – 4:30pm


Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 169 Tory Street, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission


Te Papa

See carvers from Ngāti Toa Rangatira iwi create taonga including a pou, or carved post, and talk to them about their work.

- Te ringa Rehe
- Te ringa Whakairo
- He ringa Kaha

- Hand of a weaver
- Hand of a carver
- Self-determination

Through our arts, we express our language, culture, and history.

Over two days, Ngāti Toa Rangatira carvers demonstrate their skills. Their biggest piece is a pou whakairo (carved pole) three metres high. It will be given to Te Papa as a symbol of the local iwi’s (tribe’s) enduring relationship with the museum. It will also mark the end of Ngāti Toa’s exhibition Whiti Te Rā! and their time as iwi in residence at Te Papa.

The pou will stand on the marae ātea (forecourt) of Te Marae when it is finished.

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