This turapa (tukutuku) pattern, called Te Ara, is unique to Te Arawa. It symbolises the voyage of the canoe Te Arawa from Taputapuatea to Maketū 26 generations ago.

This turapa (tukutuku) pattern, called Te Ara, is unique to Te Arawa. It symbolises the voyage of the canoe Te Arawa from Taputapuatea to Maketū 26 generations ago.

Hinemihi at Te Wairoa - after the Mt Tarwera eruption in 1886. Image from Te Ara. The Meeting House is now in Surrey UK

Hinemihi at Te Wairoa - after the Mt Tarwera eruption in 1886. Image from Te Ara. The Meeting House is now in Surrey UK

Hinemihi, The only Maori meeting house that stands in the UK.  a beautiful whare that originally stood at  Tarawera (before the mountain erupted...)

Hinemihi, The only Maori meeting house that stands in the UK. a beautiful whare that originally stood at Tarawera (before the mountain erupted...)

Te Arawa Meeting House "Hinemihi" at Clandon Park Surrey England. Photograph Mark Adams

Te Arawa Meeting House "Hinemihi" at Clandon Park Surrey England. Photograph Mark Adams

A early 20th centuryNgati Tarawhai ebonised lidded box,   Ngāti tarāwhai hard core!

A early 20th centuryNgati Tarawhai ebonised lidded box, Ngāti tarāwhai hard core!

Waka huia by Tene Waitere C. 1853 - 1931, A Ngati Tarawhai Carver,

Waka huia by Tene Waitere C. 1853 - 1931, A Ngati Tarawhai Carver,

Te Kapa o Ngati Tarawhai in Hamburg.....my dad Manu went to this to visit our restored tupuna whare!

Te Kapa o Ngati Tarawhai in Hamburg.....my dad Manu went to this to visit our restored tupuna whare!

Carved Histories: Rotorua Ngati Tarawhai Carving, published in 2001. Maori Non-fiction collection at the Rotorua Library 736.4 NEI

Carved Histories: Rotorua Ngati Tarawhai Carving, published in 2001. Maori Non-fiction collection at the Rotorua Library 736.4 NEI

Finely Waka Huia by Tene Waitere c.1853 - 1931, A Ngati Tarawhai Carver,

Finely Waka Huia by Tene Waitere c.1853 - 1931, A Ngati Tarawhai Carver,

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