Moko Kauae (kawai); marks the accomplishment of the individual being tattooed within his/her personal growth. It signifies growth, maturity and successfully coming out of a liminal period.The moko kauae is representative of mana & bearers of this particular type of moko are known by the community for their positive contributions to the development & well-being of the tribe. It is also a signifier of belonging & of Maori identity and pride.
Ihaka Whaanga was a notable New Zealand tribal leader, assessor and military leader of northern Hawke's Bay. Of Māori descent, he identified with the Ngati Rakaipaaka iwi. Whaanga died at Mahia on 14 December