Carvings in organ makeover
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.