December 19, 2012
Mauri stone marks new era
Palmerston North Library hopes the installation of a pounamu mauri stone will mark a new era for the library.
Library manager Anthony Lewis says the library is reviewing how it operates, including its engagement with Māori.
The 300 kilogram greenstone boulder was found in the Arahura River 30 years ago and came to Palmerston North as a result of conversations between Mr Lewis, artist Albert McCarthy and Ngāi Tahu members.
It was held at the Manawatu Museum, Te Manawa, while a stand was carved for it, and it was installed with ceremony earlier this month.
Mr Lewis says its place in the foyer means it becomes part of the entranceway's welcome wall.
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