Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Cultural Treasure Unveiled in Central Ōtautahi

12 October 2018


Today’s grand opening of Tūranga shows what can be achieved when local iwi play a lead role in city design.

Ngāi Tūāhuriri – the local Ngāi Tahu hapū that is mana whenua for the city – heavily influenced the design and build of Tūranga. This was led by Matapopore Charitable Trust cultural advisors alongside Christchurch City Council and resulted in a library experience that clearly reflects Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu values.

“The stories of Ngāi Tahu and Ngāi Tūāhuriri are expertly woven into Ōtautahi’s new central library, and this is something we should all be proud of,” said Lynne Te Aika, trustee of the Matapopore Charitable Trust (and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu General Manager, Te Taumatua).

“Through this and other anchor projects, the Matapopore Charitable Trust is leading the way in showing how indigenous culture, values and language can – and should – be part of city design,” she said.

“Tūranga is a storehouse of knowledge for the city. It conveys a sense of mātauranga Māori and is a great example of how we are working to achieve an intergenerational transfer of a strong, vibrant Ngāi Tahu culture. In places like Tūranga, rangatahi can see the stories of their whakapapa reflected in their city.”

Cultural highlights include:

Naming of building – Tūranga, on the East Coast of the North Island, is the homeland of Ngāi Tahu ancestor Paikea and a name that carries considerable responsibility. It speaks of whakapapa across generations and connections throughout Aotearoa and beyond. Tūranga is depicted on the west-facing wall of the library building in the artwork “Tūhara” created by Riki Manuel and Morgan Mathews-Hale.
Architectural design – Mana whenua interests are embedded into every aspect of the building, including the open ground floor welcoming people in from Whitireia, the golden façade reflecting the changing colours and lights on the hills and ranges surrounding Ōtautahi, and spatial gestures of the roof terraces and glazed frontage that looks towards Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana in the west.
Various artworks in the building – Artwork visually displays Ngāi Tahu and Ngāi Tūāhuriri values, with contributions from Riki Manuel, Morgan Mathews-Hale, Ranui Ngarimu, Areta Wilkinson, Fayne Robinson and Caleb Robinson.
Bilingual signage – Te reo Māori is present throughout the building and given prominence where appropriate including in the naming of key spaces.

Ms Te Aika acknowledged Ngāi Tūāhuriri, the Matapopore Charitable Trust team and the many artists who contributed right from the inception of this project.

“Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei – Ngāi Tahu is proud to shape the future of Ōtautahi. This is just the beginning. We look forward to more opportunities for our culture and history to be expressed throughout the city.”

More information:
Report on Matapopore Charitable Trust’s contribution
“All voices” video courtesy of Matapopore, Star Media and NZ On Air, showing how mana whenua are normalising Māori art and stories in the city.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Compensating Afghan Civilian Casualties

Reportedly, there have been nine incidents resulting in 17 civilian deaths and injuries (seven of the dead were children) caused by ordnance left behind on what used to be the firing range of our Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamiyan province.

Given that the NZ Defence Force has needed to be hauled kicking and screaming into belatedly arranging an adequate clean-up of its old firing range… what would it take before New Zealand offers to pay compensation to the families of those who suffered death and injury from what was left behind on our watch? More>>

 

Fossil Fuel Investment: ACC Must Lead On Climate Change

As the largest publicly owned investor in New Zealand, the ACC board should divest from fossil fuels, demonstrating our leadership role on climate change, Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick said today. More>>

ALSO:

Total Officers, Up Less: Coalition's 1800 New Police Officers

The Coalition commitment to add 1800 new Police officers to frontline policing has been achieved with the graduation of 59 constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. More>>

ALSO:

Predator Free: $3.5m For New Pest Controls

New Zealand First is proud to announce the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has allocated $3.5 million to develop innovative predator control approaches which will reduce the need for repeated 1080 use. More>>

ALSO:

Children's Day: Commissioner Calls For Govt Commitment

“Three decades on, we are able to celebrate some significant changes for children like the recent launch of a Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. But we still have a long way to go to prioritise children’s rights.” More>>

ALSO:

Elections: Proposed Electorate Boundaries Released

The Representation Commission is proposing changes to half of New Zealand’s electorates and establishing a new electorate in south Auckland… More>>

ALSO:

"Effectively A Permanent Amnesty": Final Month For Gun Ban Compensation

The firearms buy-back comes to an end a month from today, but the police say the amnesty for returning banned guns will continue into next year and beyond. More>>

ALSO:


SPECIAL GUNS FOR FOREIGN SECURITY:


MORE ARMED POLICE:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels