Carv­ings in or­gan makeover

Central Leader - - News -

The re­vamped town hall or­gan will in­clude some uniquely New Zealand fea­tures.

The in­stru­ment will have Maori ver­sions of or­gan in­stru­ments.

The or­gan, New Zealand’s largest in­stru­ment, is be­ing re­assem­bled piece by piece in the town hall af­ter un­dergo- ing a year-long restora­tion by the Orgel­bau Klais com­pany in Bonn, Ger­many.

Af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with a Maori in­stru­ment spe­cial­ist, or­gan builder Philipp Klais met with Ngati Whatua o Orakei rep­re­sen­ta­tives in late Jan­uary to of­fer the tribe the chance to ap- ply the tra­di­tional art­work.

Tribal rep­re­sen­ta­tives have cho­sen Arekat­era Maihi, who is based in Gis­borne, as their carver for the project.

He will carve a koauau, or flute, and a pukaea, or trum­pet, to be in­cluded in the or­gan.

In­stal­la­tion of the main ma­chin­ery of the or­gan was com­pleted in Jan­uary and the re­main­ing 5000 pipes will start be­ing in­stalled in Au­gust.

The project is sched­uled to be com­pleted in Septem­ber and of­fi­cially opened early next year.

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