21 Jan 2013

Maori culture posted on frozen continent

7:34 pm on 21 January 2013

A carved post and other pieces of Maori art unveiled in a special ceremony at Scott Base simply stamp an indigenous culture on the frozen continent rather than make any territorial claim, Ngai Tahu says.

The South Island tribe was asked by Antarctica New Zealand to create a pou - or carved post - as well as a Scott Base sign and two Maori decorative wall panels.

Speaking in Antarctica, the chair of Ngai Tahu, Sir Mark Solomon, says the tribe's involvement isn't about staking claim to Antarctica.

He says the pou - which has a carved face pointing skyward and another pointing southward - symbolises New Zealand's connection to The Ice on behalf of the country as well as all Maori tribes.