If you’re a “homesick” Nati wanting to come back for a visit, or if you’re trying to find a special gift for a whanau member that carries cultural significance, then Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou may just have something you are looking for.
Te Takapau a Maui Maramataka 2015 is a limited edition calendar recently produced by the organisation, which provides a 365 day reminder of “home.” The calendar contains beautiful images of Te Takapau a Maui, the nine spectacularly carved Pou situated just below the summit of Hikurangi, as well as scenic shots of Hikurangi and the Waiapu.
The artworks were commissioned in 1999 by Te Runanga o Ngati Porou on behalf of the Iwi, to commemorate the dawning of the new millennium in the year 2000. A group of artists from Toihoukura, the School of Maori Visual Art and Design, carved and installed the pou under the tutelage of Derek Lardelli. The carvings symbolise Maui Tikitiki a Taranga, a significant ancestor of the tribe and his whanau.
Since they were created Te Takapau a Maui has become a popular attraction to visit, for not only Ngati Porou but also for international guests. If experiencing the wonders of Hikurangi is one of the items on your “bucket list” ( or one that you have already crossed off), or if you want to have a visual representation of “Ko Hikurangi te maunga” on your wall at home, then the calendar is definitely something you should have.
All proceeds from Maramataka 2015 will be invested into helping to maintain the carvings and roading/infrastructure on the maunga, so future generations will be able to enjoy this special legacy.
Limited stocks of the calendar are available and are priced at $25. To purchase a copy online please click here , or ring 0800 833 502. You can also visit one of our Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou offices and ask at reception.
- Te Toka a Taiau, Shed 3, 50 The Esplanade, Kaiti, Gisborne
- Porou Ariki, 195 Wainui Road, Kaiti, Gisborne.
- Te Tini o Porou, 75 Huxley Road, Kaiti, Gisborne
- Ruatoria office: 1 Barry Avenue, Ruatoria.