Ngāti Whātua Carvings Stand Tall at Eden Park

Four tekoteko designed by Ngāti Whātua Kai Whakairo (carver) Arekatera Maihi, have established a proud presence at the four corners of Eden Park in time for the Rugby World Cup.

The tekoteko – representing Tanemahuta, the spirit of the forest; Rongo, the god of peace; Tumatauenga, the god of war; and Tawhirimatea, the god of wind – have been commissioned by the Eden Park Trust in conjunction with local iwi Ngāti Whātua o Orākei.

Ngāti Whātua o Orākei Maori Trust Board Chairman Grant Hawke said the iwi is honoured to be involved with this project.

“As Mana Whenua for central Auckland we have a duty to offer manaaki (appropriate hospitality) and kaitiaki (protection) to visitors. These magnificent tekoteko symbolise that guardianship and the place Maori have in Aotearoa.”

Tourism NZ has filmed the tekoteko journey from where they were carved by a team of carvers in the Bay of Plenty  for promotion to the more than 60,000 offshore fans expected to attend the Rugby World Cup.