A Photo a Day of Christchurch New Zealand

Nga Hau e Wha National Marae

A Marae is a traditional Maori meeting place. This pictures shows the entrance to Nga Hau e Wha, which is a multi-cultural marae to serve the needs of citizens irrespective of ethnic origin. It’s located on Pages Road (in east Christchurch) and has Maori cultural performances in the evening.

Here’s a definition of the carving on the entrance:

“Its carvings depict the history of New Zealand, showing eight warriors paddling a canoe which is representative of all the ancestral canoes at Waitangi in 1840 and, opposite, Captain William Hobson, RN, Governor of New Zealand at that time. This entrance symbolises the Marae as a place for all citizens of New Zealand”. Source : Christchurch Library Website

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Michelle is a Christchurch web designer and photography fan living in Christchurch New Zealand.


  1. Mike on October 20, 2007 at 8:57 pm

    Beautiful colour and design. Fascinating!

  2. Lachezar on October 21, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    I love the carvings at Meares around New Zealand.
    It will be nice to see a bigger size image of the waka carving


  3. admin on October 21, 2007 at 6:49 pm

    Lachezar, I’ve just added a thumbnail that goes to a larger version.

  4. Barb on October 22, 2007 at 1:08 am

    That carving is wonderful. Love the color and the details.

  5. Lachezar on October 22, 2007 at 8:49 am

    Thanks a lot!
    I really wonderful peace of carving artwork!

    I hope you are enjoying your long weekend!


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