This story is about a patu pounamu that was taken from an urupā in Uawa. It was taken for a period of time before being returned home. What follows is the history of the patu, some of it explained... and some of it not.
This waharoa is named Hingangaroa me Iranui. It was unveiled on the 20th of March 2019. The whakairo above was a koha by Toi Māori Aotearoa to Te Aitanga a Hauiti. We are very proud to be the custodians of this taonga and to have this showcased in Uawanui-a-Ruamatua.
This story tells the journey of this magnificent whakairo and the many hands that carved it along the way.