This stunning carving is an example of the decorative carving inside a dwelling, here the Maori meeting house of Hotenui in the 19th century. The panels next to it are tukutuku wall panels and show the beautiful weaving that was done at the time as well.
Image of Taonga Whakairo. This taonga is in three sections. These are a centre panel of tukutuku, flanked by two poupou. The work is rich in symbolism as it depicts the main gods of the Māori pantheon that are associated with our work. The work is also a symbol of LINZ's historic past and of its core business today, of being the kaitiaki (guardian) and interpreter of land information, for New Zealand.