Size 415mm H x 105 W x 87mm D
Made of Kauri (Agathis macrophylla)
Tekoteko is the carved figure at the top of the wharenui. It represents the illustrious tūpuna (ancestors) for which the whare was named. Tekoteko are often carved in a defiant stance with a protruding tongue, and holding a mere or taiaha, to ward off intruders.