Māori rock art panels at New Zealand Agricultural Show

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga’s Canterbury/West Coast team enjoyed hosting a stall at the New Zealand Agricultural Show, after a two-year hiatus.

A crowd of kids at the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga stall.
A busy rush on the stall as school children take the quiz. Photo: HNZPTexpand/collapse

The team, in partnership with the Ngāi Tahu Rock Art Trust, promoted the preservation and protection of Māori rock art in Te Waipounamu. Four panels shared about the importance of these special places, how to visit public sites, and how rock art can be protected for the future. Staff encouraged visitors to complete a rock art quiz in exchange for some chocolate. Children and young people were the keenest customers, but a wide variety of people were very interested.

“Being on the stall led to some great conversations and was an excellent opportunity to promote our organisation and properties,” says Acting Director Southern Region, Christine Whybrew. “We were also able to direct those wanting more information on Māori rock art to the Te Ana Ngāi Tahu Rock Art Centre in Timaru.

The team hope there will be an ongoing life for their beautiful posters on Māori rock art. Anyone who would like to discuss borrowing or displaying the posters can contact rbaird@heritage.org.nz

The Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Christchurch office are very grateful to Pūtaringamotu Riccarton House and Bush who lent native plants to decorate the stall.

Rosemary Baird