The paddles of the waka that travelled to New Zealand from Hawaiki are depicted in this carving. They represent the travels hardship, comradery and ultimate bravery in travelling into the virtual unknown across vast stretches of ocean. These exceptional qualities in oneself are what the artists are hoping to inspire in all who live in the community.
The first explorer to arrive on New Zealand shores, according to Māori, was Kupe. Using traditional navigational tools such as the stars and ocean currents as his guides, he moved across the Pacific Ocean on his waka (voyage canoe) from his ancestral homeland of Hawaiki in Polynesia. It is commonly thought that Kupe arrived at the Hokianga Harbour in the Far North, approximately 1000 years ago.
The garden around this pole has now matured nicely, as have the generation from the time of the poles creation.
|Location||Rosebery Street, Swanston Street corner|
|Materials||Pine, Set in ground|
|Artists||Tupaea Ahomiro & Hugh Mahia|
|Definition of Name||Te Hoe - a short flat oar used for movement and steering of a small boat or canoe.|
|Definition Interpretation||A short flat oar representing both the literal and figurative travel from one place to another.|