A special feature to Te Ihorangi wharenui is the 3D Kowhaiwhai panels made from particle board. They are on both sides covering the full length of the Heke and Tāhuhu. Each piece is cut out individualy forming three layers made up of thousands of small parts. They are then meticulously painted by hand and then laminated.
Between the Poupou (carvings) are the extentions (heke tipi) that link poupou with the Heke.
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