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Hinana

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Hinana

These carved panels (amo) were part of a famous pataka called Hinana, which stood at the south end of lake Taupo. A Pātaka is a traditional Māori storehouse which was used to keep preserved food such as fish, birds and seed safe from kiore or Pacific rats.

Hinana was a large carved Ngāti Tūwharetoa pātaka (storehouse), built at Waihī on the shores of Lake Taupō in 1855, is called Hīnana ki uta (search the land and sea). It was one of a number of decorated pātaka built during the 1850s as a sign of support for the Kīngitanga. This pātaka became known as The Pillars of the Kingdom. Hīnana ki uta was also the name of a great multi-tribal meeting held nearby, at Pūkawa, in 1856 which proposed that Pōtatau Te Wherowhero become the first Māori king. Te Heuheu himself had earlier declined the title.

Among the many historical, cultural and specimen objects in the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Tāmaki Paenga Hira, the following are highlights:

Hinana

  • Exhibit:                   Hinana
  • Materials:               Wood
  • Date:                      1855
  • Culture:                  Māori
  • Origin:                    Lake Taupō, North Island, New Zealand
  • Museum:                Auckland War Memorial Museum

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“As man disappears from sight, the land remains.”
– Maori Proverb

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Photo Credit: JOM