The pillar shows three interpretations of the stepped poutama pattern, signifying the growth of man, striving ever upwards. In meeting houses, the panels are usually mirror imaged so that the steps climb upwards from both sides to reach the summit at the centre.
The pororangi variation is after that created by Sir Apirana Ngata for his home at Waiomatatini.
This page reproduces information from page 29 of the booklet Pūawaitanga o te Ringa - Fruits of our busy hands
These panels are on display at Waruwarutū, Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2, Tūranga.