Anchor Stones (Matahorua and Tainui)


Russell Clark



  • Sculpture


  • Stone


  • Plinth: W3000 x D1840mm; Matahorua H2160mm; Tainui H2450mm

Russell Clark, ‘Anchor Stones (Matahorua and Tainui)’ (1959), Bledisloe House, CBD, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

Image: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021


Two sculptural forms grouped on a concrete base. Two plaques installed with the works read: “This stone is a sculptural representation of The Matahorua Anchor / According to Legend Kupe sailing in the Matahorua canoe discovered New Zealand and returning to Hawaiki gave navigational direction with the Maori followed many generations later. A stone which lay at Paremata is claimed to be the Matahorua Anchor.” “This stone is a sculptural representation of The Tainui Anchor / The Tainui canoe sailed to New Zealand in the great Maori migration and after making landfall in the Bay of Plenty area sailed into the Waitemata. It was portaged to the Manukau and sailing south disembarked its complement at Raglan, Kawhia and Mokau. A stone which lay in the Mokau river is claimed to be the Tainui Anchor.”

These pieces are carved from Hinuera Stone, a volcanic stone found in the Waikato.