Korotangi (Whakairo)

Korotangi (bird of sorrow) is a taonga or sacred artifact discovered in New Zealand in 1878. It is a carving of a bird made in sepentine stone, apparently carved by metal tools. Māori of Tainui allegiance believe that it was brought to the country from Hawaiki in their ancestral waka. There are several different stories of its discovery near Aotea Harbour, among the roots of a tree blown over in a storm, and its subsequent custody. The carving eventually was given to the Dominion Museum. In May 1995 Korotangi was returned to the Tainui people as part of the government settlement of their claims under the Treaty of Waitangi.

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Korotangi, or carved stone pigeon
Date: Date unknown From: Original photographic prints and postcards from file print collection, Box 14 Ref: PAColl-6585-46 Description: Korotangi (carved stone pigeon) at the National Museum in Wellington, artist and date unknown. Photographer, and date of photograph, also unknown. Quantity...
Date: 1906, 1950s-1960s From: Adkin, George Leslie, 1888-1964 : Papers and diaries Ref: MS-Papers-0261-34/08 Description: Correspondence with Selwyn Simcox, 1952-1962; W H Secker, 1954; F R Callaghan, 1956; W & J Neill, 1953; E G Hunt, 1956; Susan Davis; Richard Rolston, 1952, ...
Korotangi, or carved stone pigeon
Date: date unknown Ref: 1/2-113696-F Description: Korotangi (carved stone pigeon). Taken by an unidentified photographer, date unknown. Note on back of file print reads: "To Percy S Smith Esq from Robert Wi...
Date: [1960-1995] From: Orbell, Margaret Rose, 1934-2006: Collection By: Hamilton, Augustus, 1853-1913; Orbell, Margaret Rose, 1934-2006; Raine, William Hall, 1892-1955; Turner, John Bunty, 1943-; Walters, Gordon Frederick, 1919-1995 Ref: PAColl-10532-19 Description: Photographic prints of Māori carvings and other cultural objects including pou (carved figures), bailers, hue (gourds) and whare nui (meeting houses). Some o...
Date: 1915-1931 From: Best, Elsdon, 1856-1931 : Papers Ref: qMS-0208 Description: Polynesian/Maori Voyages, the story of Takitimu Waka, Maori Customary Concepts and Tribal Narratives. Includes information on the messianic cults that flouri...