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Photo by Monrad Tirohanga

Mā te Atatū

Matt and Lewis —

Mā te Atatū is our tomokanga (entranceway) was carved by Charles Matenga (Rangitāne Kaumātua) in 2018.

When whānau start here at Monrad Tirohanga, and we have our pōwhiri, the first thing they see is the pou, a reflection of their tamariki and what they bring into this space, their space. Thenwhen the karanga goes out, they all come through the tomokanga sheltered by the kōrero, whakapapa and rich history reflected in Mā te Atatū. Our tomokanga reflects stories from te ao mārama, the Kurahaupō waka from Rangitāne and Nukutaimemeha, the waka that belonged to Māui.