Gateway to Kaitāia is Unveiled

Aug. 4, 2022, 2:36 p.m.

The Te Hiku Open Spaces Revitalisation project reached another milestone with the unveiling of Orongo, a grouping of carved tumu, at the southern entrance to Kaitāia near Moerua Park. One of the older names for Kaitāia is Orongotea and the tumu commemorates this Māori history and is but one of the 'Rongo' associated with this tumu. 

John Paitai, a member of the project's working group, says the gateway "is vitally important so that people know that there are people with mana whenua here."

The $7 million Te Hiku Open Spaces Revitalisation project will create shared pathways, public art, park improvements, and street works in Kaitaia, Awanui and Ahipara.

One of the lead carvers, Rāniera McGrath, states "The kaupapa belongs to the iwi, the kaupapa belongs to the people, to the community of Kaitāia".

In the lead-up to the unveiling, there were a number of discussions about mana whenua rights to the land on which the gateway was erected. These conversations are ongoing.


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