Te Maungarongo Marae

waharoa – entranceway with Presbyterian burning bush at the top

Here are two images of carvings from Te Maungarongo, the Presbyterian Church national marae at Ohope, Bay of Plenty where the General Assembly of the PCANZ began on Thursday.

the koruru of the wharenui

The next image is of the ancestor of the wharenui (meeting house) who is Ihu Karaiti – Jesus Christ.  The koruru is the head of the ancestor who the house represents.  Here Jesus carries the cross – for us… and we are welcomed by his open arms into his body – the church.

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