Paikea Merino 3/4 Mens T-Shirt
Paikea is a humpback - the most abundant large whale of Aotearoa/New Zealand and the population is now thought to be growing. It is a baleen whale growing to 16 m long and has large knobby-edged flippers up to 4 m long. The meaning of Paikea is “Tame whale”. It was named after a mythic ancestor of the Ngati Porou tribe. Various legends say he came from Hawaii to just north of Gisborne, riding on the back of a Whale. His legend inspired NZ author Witi Ihimeara's 1987 novel, Whale Rider, and the subsequent 2003 cinema film.