December 14, 2017
Celestial compass ready for solstice
Carvers are putting the final stages on pou for a star compass that will be unveiled at Waitangi Regional Park between Napier and Hastings on the summer solstice, December 22.
The Atea a Rangi project is being headed by carvers Nathan Foote and Phil Belcher from Atea a Rangi Educational Trust.
The compass will include four ra and four kore pou, which represent points on the star compass used to group the rising and setting points of the stars, the sun and the moon.
Entrance to the area is through a waharoa in the shape of a double hulled waka hourua.
Trustee Phillip Smith says once the star compass is completed, the trust will develop education programmes for schools as well as for waka crews from around the Pacific who want to learn ancient navigation skills.
The site will also be used to provide information on the many events in Maori and European history that happened in that part of the Hawkes Bay coast.
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