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Since the birth of this great land, legends which extol the sacredness of Hikurangi have nurtured the minds and hearts of the descendants of Maui-Tikitiki-a-Taranga who is credited with many great feats that testify to his physical and intellectual prowess. His greatest exploit was fishing up the North Island of AotearoaŚNew Zealand, known to all Maori as Te Ika a Maui (the great fish of Maui).

1000 metres above sea level on Hikurangi Mountain are nine carved Whakairo (sculptures) depicting Maui-Tikitiki-a-Taranga and his whanau (family). The massive Whakairo are a legacy for the future generations and a tribute to the cultural heritage and artistry that has evolved within Ngati Porou.

Mt Hikurangi is the highest non-volcanic mountain in the North Island of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Situated on the East Coast, home of the Ngati Porou people, 137km from Gisborne City and 205km from Opotiki. Hikurangi stands 1754 metres dwarfing the heights of adjacent Mountains, Whanokao, Aorangi, Taitai, Wharekia and Otapu. Together the mountain group provides a breath-taking and picturesque scene, which has evoked much admiration in our people over the centuries.

Intellectual Property Rights

Te Runanga o Ngati Porou asks that all people respect the Cultural Intellectual Property rights of Ngati Porou which prohibits unauthorised use and/or reproduction of photographs, videos, or images of Mt Hikurangi and the Maui Whakairo (carved sculptures) for commercial purposes without first obtaining written consent of the Chief Executive Officer of Te Runanga o Ngati Porou.

We thank you for your assistance in the care and protection of our mountain for the enjoyment of future generations.

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