Say Whatukura


Whatukura is the name of the central atrium in the Ernest Rutherford building, which is the home of Te Kaupeka Pūtaiao | Faculty of Science. It is linked to the Ngāi Tahu narrative about Tāwhaki who ascended the heavens in the pursuit of knowledge. Whatukura is a term used to describe sacred stones that represent ancestral knowledge used in ceremonial practices by tohunga (experts). It is also used to describe the wise council of tohunga who reside in the topmost heaven.

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