February 02, 2015
Callaghan exploring the unknown
A new pou, a new motto and a tribute to a great New Zealander.
That was how the government's science development agency Callaghan Innovation marked its second anniversary today.
Maori manager Hemi Rolleston says the first order of business at its central Wellington headquarters was the dawn unveiling of a 2.7 metre carving by Waiwhetu Marae-based tohunga whakairo Sonny Davis from Ngai Tuhoe of Tupaea, the Tahitian rangatira who acted as a cultural navigator on the Endeavour during Captain Cook's first visit to New Zealand.
On the other side of the wall a plaque was unveiled for the late Sir Paul Callaghan, who strove to move New Zealand companies towards high value science-based industries.
Mr Rolleston says the new whakatauki sets the course for the agency.
Hemi Rolleston says the whakatauki was developed by William Doherty, Trevor Moeke and Robin Hapi with oversight from Ngati Porou scholar Apirana Mahuika
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