Te Ara Tāngata blessing for Waikanae’s Cultural Thread

Kaumātua Koro Don Te Māipi ( in photo, right ) led the blessing for a new Maori ‘cultural thread’ in Waikanae today.

The ‘thread’ starts outside the gates of Whakarongotai Marae with a  new paving design .

Iwi and Council have worked together on the cultural thread project, the first stage of planned improvements for Waikanae town centre, says Kāpiti District Council Infrastructure  Manager Michelle Parnell.

She adds: “The cultural thread aims to recognise the history of our people and to better integrate the Waikanae town centre with Whakarongotai Marae. A significant aspect of the cultural thread is the paving design – Te Ara Tāngata.”

Te Ātiawa Town Centres working group member Tracey Morgan says the cultural thread has many parts.

“The design acknowledges the history of the marae. It reflects the original pātikitiki wallpaper designs and stained-glass windows within the meeting house, and visually connects the marae to Ruakōhatu Urupā  – the cemetery next to St Luke’s Church on Elizabeth Street (in Waikanae),” she says.

The paving design also represents purapura whetū (myriad of the stars).  Purapura whetū is encased within pātikitiki (the flounder), which symbolises favourable conditions, and harvests good fortune and abundance.

Waka and hoes

Triangular chevrons can be interpreted as not only a waka (spirit medium of an atua), but also the tip of the hoe (used to row or paddle waka on the voyage).

Other work completed as part of the cultural thread include improving lighting, planting, and seating.

And pedestrian access from the Greater Wellington Regional Council commuter car park, past the marae and through to Mahara Place, has been improved.

The KCDC says future work planned for Waikanae town centre includes upgrading Mahara Place.

mY GOOD FRIEND aLAIN Jorion remarks: with regard to “blessed paving”; “thanks Bud, I note a very important historian in Wellington said, and I quote:
“It is good people comment and express their freedom of speech, because if people do nothing to arrest the slide into an Apartheid state then they shouldn’t complain if it happens.”
Alain signed off “Freedom”, the name of his boat.

Interesting Bud. I notable Wellington historian said, I quote: “People need to speak up and give their opinions.
If people do nothing to arrest the slide into an Apartheid state, then they shouldn’t complain if it happens.”
One People One Nation for all.
Freedom seeker.

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“Led the blessing, ” again puts the co-opted maori right to inject their religiosity hokus pokus into our secular public District Council proceedings . As for all the supposed wonders of artistic styling here and conjured meanings it really amounts to nothing more than bloated brown egotistical naked enforced racism,wrapped in do goodery.
Folks who have spent a good deal of time in the Alhambra/Grenada,Spain or the mosaic chapels in Ravenna Italy like I have, will be seriously under whelmed by the hyped “wonders” of paving art here.This thinly veiled attempt at promotion of maori supremacy,will indoctrinate some, but not many, “pura pura whetu” really? or pura pura inflicted nonsense?”

“Led the blessing, ” again puts the co-opted maori right to inject their religiosity hokus pokus into our secular public District Council proceedings . As for all the supposed wonders of artistic styling here and conjured meanings it really amounts to nothing more than bloated brown egotistical naked enforced racism,wrapped in do goodery.
Folks who have spent a good deal of time in the Alhambra/Grenada,Spain or the mosaic chapels in Ravenna Italy like I have, will be seriously under whelmed by the hyped “wonders” of paving art here.This thinly veiled attempt at promotion of maori supremacy,will indoctrinate some, but not many, “pura pura whetu” really?or pura pura inflicted nonsense”

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