July 28, 2014
Vision for city of pou
The organiser of the Sacred Chisels of Tamaki Makaurau project says he wants to reintroduce indigenous elements to the Auckland landscape.
Carvers representing the super city’s iwi are working together to turn an ancient kauri log from the Waitakere Ranges into a 4.5 metre lintel for the new Auckland Council building.
Rewi Spraggon says it provides work for the current generation of carvers and allows them to develop their skills and keep the history and stories of Tamaki alive.
He has challenged mayor Len Brown to find more such projects.
"The harbour needs to be lined with our pou as it was 200 years ago. Our mountains need to have pou on there. We need a huge wharenui right down the bottom of Queen St so when people come off those boats they're welcomed truly by the indigenous peopole of this rohe," Mr Spraggon says.
People can see the Sacred Chisels of Tamaki Makaurau project at Silo Park until the end of August.
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