Public Art : Oruawhata Carving
Sculptor : © Rakei Kingi
Description : A wooden carving
Location : This is one of two carvings guarding the
Malfroy Geysers (the other being the Tunohopu Carving) in Government
Gardens, Rororua, New Zealand .
Date Unveiled : The Oruwhata carving was unveiled on
the 30th August, 2007.
Background to Oruawhata:
A deep thermal chasm named Oruawhata was once featured here, stretching from Whangapipiro to the
Filled with boiling water and poisonous gases, it was a secure burial pit for remains of warriors,
ensuring that they would never fall into enemy hands. Engineer Camille Malfroy harnessed the power
to create the Malfroy Geysers. The pool, with its urupa (graveyard), was filled in many years ago.
This site is still regarded by Ngiati Whakaue as one of great importance, evidenced in the Maori
block name for the city of Rotorua, 'Pukeroa - Oruawhata'.
Rotorua District Council