Pou Maumahara

memorial carving

About the project

A pou maumahara (memorial carving) is being carved by students and teachers at NZMACI, to commemorate the World War I centenary. The carving is being created onsite at NZMACI and will eventually be located at a historically significant international site.

The carving has two sides. The first commemorates Māori who left New Zealand shores to fight in the war – many of whom never returned. The second side acknowledges those who remained at home, including those that opposed conscription and the call to war. Both play an important role in the history of New Zealand and Māori culture.