In the legend of Maui and the giant fish, young Maui goes fishing with his older brothers in their waka (canoe) and when he drops his magic fishhook he fishes up a great fish that becomes the North Island of New Zealand. The waka is the South Island and Stewart Island (Rakiura) is the anchor stone for the waka.
The original name for Stewart Island in Maori lore is Te Punga o te Waka a Maui, translated as ‘The Anchor of Maui’s Canoe’ — from Stewart Island.
At Stirling Point I showed you in yesterday’s post the famous signpost. Today I’ll show you the giant anchor chain installation by the late Russell Beck. He also did a similar sculpture at Lee Bay, Rakiura …SO… Te Waipounamu (the South Island) is symbolically linked with Rakiura (Stewart Island) through these sculptures!
Anchor Chain Installation, Stirling Point
Bluff, Southland, New Zealand
Nigel took a great overview shot here. I’m down below in the chain getting my photos and to the far right is the famous signpost.
View from the top of the chain, small islands out at sea. (Nigel)
Looking through the chain toward Stirling Point Lighthouse. (Liz)
Similar view but looking a little further out to sea. (Liz)
Looking in the direction of the carpark. (Liz)
The chain disappears downwards; Nigel’s photo first. Last photo by Liz
Text by Liz, Photos by Liz and Nigel; Exploring Colour (2018)