Te Waka (Two Poles)
This pole stands 1.8m and represents the waka (canoe) that early Māori used to come to New Zealand. Māori history depicts the Māori people came from the mythical homeland Hawaiki in large waka to New Zealand and settled on the land. The piece was originally in one piece but as it was carved it was discovered to be rotting in the middle. Each half now stands at the boundaries of the Wānanga. Te Waka is coated with black lacquer and tungsten oil polyurethane.
For hundreds of years the waka has been the most effective way of travelling, and is still honoured today via Māori cultural groups coming together to embrace and celebrate the past.
|Location||Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Campus, Ashworth Street, one on each frontage corner|
|Materials||Tōtara, Set in ground with steel supports,|
The two halves of this waka were carved by students under the guidance of artist James Davidson. It was carved at a Symposium held next to the Indoor Pools.
|Definition of Name||Te - used when referring to particular thing or individual
Waka - Māori watercraft, similar to a canoe, ranging in sizes
|Definition Interpretation||The carving depicts and highlights the importance of the waka (canoe) in Māori culture both past and present.|