KahuroaKahungunu - Kahungunu was the ancestor of the Māori tribe Ngāti Kahungunu, and is seen here holding a hoe and a canoe paddle. This shows his abilities as a navigator. The carving is part of the canoe house on Treaty grounds, Waitangi. Incorporating an ancestor into the dwelling is a common architectural feature of the canoe and meeting houses.
Hinenuitepo - Goddess of the Night /// There is only one female god in Maori Legend. She is the daughter of Tane Mahuta, god of the Forest and Birds, and Hineahuone, woman made from earth. Today She is known as Hinenuitepo but she began life as Hinetitama, the Dawn Maiden.
E HOKI MAI-(the home coming) The journey of the Maori is seen by many as the return to the land where they came from. The bond to Papatuanuku (mother earth) is strongest for women. Red is the colour of blood and earth - the most sacred colour for Maori people. Women are the most vulnerable and carry the seed of the spirit. Men who have lost the bond to Papatuanuku can regain it in togetherness with women.