Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Pare is a Māori word for a carved door lintel.

The pare:

  • is 1.5 x 0.9 m in size;
  • was carved from recycled kauri wood over 100 years old, salvaged from a former coolstore shed at the Port of Auckland in the 1980s;
  • was carved in the style of Ngāti Whātua of the Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau region by Mr Denis Conway, a student of the late Henare Toka;
  • is over the main doorway entrance to the NZAC insect collection, and was dedicated on 13 February 1990; is unusual in having insects and their relatives (arthropods) depicted on it.

Find the arthropods on the Pare

Move the cursor of your mouse over the Pare. Pause for a short time over each arthropod and you will be shown the name of the arthropod. Click on an arthropod to find information about it.


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The Pare, or carved door lintel, that stands over the entrance to the New Zealand Arthropod Collection (NZAC) / Ko te Aitanga Pepeke o Aotearoa at Tamaki, Auckland.

How many arthropods can you find before you check the list? There are 13 in total.