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October 11th, 2013
New Zealand Maori Pouwhenua

Maori carvings tell a story, and we have a form of totem pole, called pou or pouwhenua here in New Zealand. They’re like carved poles and were used by the Maori to mark boundaries.

Mr Munro snapped photos of these pou up at Paihia in the north of the North Island.

Pou, Paihia


Pou. Paihia

Pou, Paihia

Pou, Paihia

I’m not sure what story these pou told, but they were definitely interesting!

5 comments to “New Zealand Maori Pouwhenua”

  1. Very cool!

  2. I’ve never seen a whole lot together like this. They were very cool.

  3. Those are very interesting totems.

  4. Thanks, Mary,

  5. Amazing photos, Shelley — thanks for sharing them!