The hill is crowned by the pale-painted buildings of church and convent, standing clear against the tree-dark ranges beyond; beneath them spreads the pa, with its gay whares and wharepunis
, yellow and red and green, its long-legged storehouses, its tall trees, fruit-groves and gardens.
However, there is no archaeological evidence for similar houses to Moikau, a typical wharepuni in design, in early East Polynesia.
6) give any indication of the design of those of thirteenth-fourteenth century East Polynesia, then it is possible that the post-hole patterns at Wairau Bar and Rakaia Mouth represent a house form more closely related to them than to the later wharepuni. Certainly there is archaeological evidence for rectangular structures with widely-spaced post holes at the Archaic Vaito'otia-Fa'ahia site complex on Huahine in the Society Islands (Sinoto and Hart n.d.).