Tane Hiira Pou Karanga – Te Awhio Whio – The Welcoming Spirit Of Sound Above Tane Hiira, The King Of The Cedar Forest was carved by Tupari TeWhata (Maori) of Kaikohe, New Zealand in 1986.
Tupari TeWhata is a carver in Kaikohe, New Zealand, a sister city of Duncan. Tupari came over to Duncan in 1986 to carve a Maori pole and headed back to New Zealand with a Northwest Coast pole. This Maori pole is located next to the Nha Trang Maki Sushi Restaurant at 62 Kenneth St., Duncan, British Columbia.
The plaque reads – In Appreciation To: Islands 86 Carvers Exchange Program, The Borough Council of Kaikoe, New Zealand
Additional photos of Tupari TeWhata’s pole can be viewed at the Welcoming Spirit Of Sound Above Tane Hiira gallery.