Te Toki Poutangata
The toki poutangata is worked from Pounamu (greenstone/jade) that is usually lashed to a finely carved handle. It was usually carried by a person of mana - one of high rank and great leadership qualities. The toki poutangata is a beautifully elegant piece and is held in high regard.
Historically this tool was not only a valuable tool but a weapon used in fighting and during ceremonial services, it is now more of a symbol of the authority and power of someone in the tribe. This is a very personal possession and is usually buried alongside its owner, upon death. This piece pays respect to this valuable tool that was used for many other activities and its importance to people.
|Rosebery Street/ Bridge Street corner
|Pine, paua, set in ground
|Definition of Name
|Te Toki Poutangata - a ceremonial adze, a tool that is used for smoothing and carving
|This sculpture depicts the tool, toki poutangata and its significance to its peoples, both present and past.