The star of our Māori Strategy brochure - the Taonga Manea
The Taonga Manea is the visible representation of the mauri that embues Allendale House, the home of Foundation North.
It was carved by well-respected kaiwhakairo (traditional carver) Bernard Makoare, who is renowned for his work in multiple media and works passionately to recover, rediscover and protect Maori heritage, particularly that of his iwi Ngāti Whātua.
The Taonga Manea is carved of recycled Kauri, that once formed a part of the the Kaihu Hall, that was built by Bernards’ great grandparents, aunts and uncles. The atamarama (catseyes) are sourced from Kawerua and represent the three hapū of Ngāti Whātua – Te Taou, Ngā Oho and Te Uringutu that have traditional dominion over the site that Allendale House is located on. The Taonga Manea links these traditional relationships with the significant contribution that Foundation North makes to the communities within the Tāmaki and Tai Tokerau regions.