Te Ara turapa panel
This turapa (tukutuku) pattern, called Te Ara, is unique to Te Arawa. It symbolises the voyage of the canoe Te Arawa from Taputapuatea to Maketū 26 generations ago.
Types of tukutuku designs
These diagrams show some of the most common tukutuku patterns and their names (although names vary from tribe to tribe). In more recent times, tukutuku panels have also included representational designs such as the kiwi and whare.
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