Our Taonga

Nga Korowai Owhakatihi

These artworks are an acknowledgement of the many layers of history that unfold as we walk from the past and into the future. (Ko te aohurihuri)

These designs were created to embrace the whakapapa and the many stories shared by Tuwharetoa, and also to embrace the concept of Kotahitanga to carry on the legacy of our ancestors and for nga uri kei konei.


With the intention of contemplating the Pouwhenua, each section of the glass and design are a further progression and representation of the family lineage of Tuwharetoa and his three wives - Te Uira, Paekitawhiti and Hinemotu.


Artist: Joe Kemp


From the beginning we first recognise Hawaiiki the spiritual homeland of all Maori and the four waka which make up Ngati Tuwharetoa. Leading further we step towards the birth of our great warrior and ancestor Tuwharetoa himself  and then his growth into manhood to become a husband, a father, a great warrior who fought for the mana of his people. Then moving towards the nothern wing we see a version of Tuwharetoa fully adorned and as an old man surrounded by his sons and daughers who became the Tuwharetoa and kaitiaki of this land.



Artist: Robyn Williams (Above and Below)

Tukua Kia Rere

Acknowledgements: With Special thanks to our artists Joe Kemp and Robyn Williams