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Surface patterns as well as being decorative are also used for enhancing the story. Surface patterns are not confined to just wood carving, but can be found on bone carving and Ta Moko, or tatooing.
Below are some of the common patterns found throughout the Maori world as well as their generic meanings and where they are from.
From the Tai Tokerau
From the Tai Rawhiti, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Waikato and Tai Hauraki.
From Tai Rawhiti, Te Arawa and Te Waipounamu.
From Ngati Porou, Ngati Kahungunu, Te Arawa and Waikato.