Heke are the rafter panels commonly seen in large meeting houses, made from solid half round timber. The Heke displayed are made from galvernised steel, coated then painted with enamel paints.
A great amount of care precision and attention to detail has gone into hand painting the thousands of kowhaiwhai sections on each panel.
Te Ihorangi comprises of 16 large heke panels eight metres in length. The Tāhuhu (back bone) is a combination of painted and carved whakairo running the full length of the meeting house.
Close up detail