June 04, 2013
Kings’ moko basis of sculpture
If you’re travelling through Ngāruawāhia, take time out to see the new sculpture unveiled at the weekend.
The stainless steel and stone creation is based on the moko worn by the first two Māori kings, Pōtatau Te Wherowhero and Tawhiao.
Kīngitanga spokesperson Rahui Papa says the work, by Tainui carver Inia Te Wiata, sits on the Octagon outside the King’s office.
He says it's a symbol of the relationship between the Kīngitanga and the people of Waikato and more particularly Ngāruawāhia.
The unveiling was also the way Waikato-Tainui chose to mark the start of Matariki, when the star cluster also known as the Pleiades becomes visible.
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