Waharoa gifted to China

Last Updated on: 6 October 2010

On Friday 9 July, Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key marked New Zealand's National Day at Shanghai World Expo by gifting a symbolic piece of Māori art to China's Baoshan Folk Art Museum.

On Friday 9 July, Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key marked New Zealand's National Day at Shanghai World Expo by gifting a symbolic piece of Māori art to China's Baoshan Folk Art Museum.

Named Te Kakano (The Seed), the 10-metre-high, 3-metre-wide kauri waharoa (gateway) is in the shape of a waka maumahara (ceremonial canoe). It has been gifted to China as a symbol of the relationship between the two countries.

News of Te Kakano's journey from New Zealand to China reached millions of Chinese all over the country through more than 40 Chinese news websites, including Sina, Net Ease, Eastday, China News and Xinhua Net. It also made front page news on the Wenhui Daily (circulation 400,000) and appeared in a further five major print outlets, including the Yangtze Evening Post (circulation 2 million) and the Beijing Daily (circulation 400,000).