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The unveiling of Nga Pou o Heretaunga

Kia hiwa Kia hiwa ra

He takunetanga motuhake mo te rohe / An historic event for the District

Come and take part in the unveiling of the pou. Everyone is welcome.

For the first time in the history of the Hastings District, the presence of mana whenua is to be seen in the form of carvings that represent tupuna, which will be located in Civic Square in the centre of Hastings.

The carving has been carried out in Tuaka – the former National Library building behind the Hastings District Council offices (204 Southampton Street East, Hastings). Everyone is welcome to visit and watch the carving taking place each day between 11am and 1pm.

Working together in Tuaka has been a bonus for the carvers, as this has been instrumental in allowing them to increase their knowledge and skill of carving. The marae have taken it in turns to provide meals while many people have called in to see the carvers at work and to discuss the pou.

The carvers decided at the outset that the work would not be carried out in a deeply traditional wananga and that women would be allowed to visit the project.

The unveiling of the pou will be conducted within tikanga Maori, yet the invitation is for the community as a whole to attend.  A significant group of Tuhoe are expected to attend the ceremony which will continue their involvement with the wood which was sourced from their forests in Waimana.

The installation of the pou is led by Nga Marae o Heretaunga in partnership with Hastings District Council. For those unfamiliar with Maori culture, guides will be in place to assist your participation.


Kawa of the day

4.40am – Assembly at Eastbourne Street
5am – Blessing and unveiling of the pou by each marae
7am – Light breakfast is served – entertainment begins

When: Fri 26 Jul, 5:00 am
Where: Pin Civic Square, Eastbourne Street, Hastings
Restrictions: All ages
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