Steel-and-wood pou almost completed
Takapuwahia’s pou are likely to be up in July.
That’s the hope from carver Tana Salzman, who has been putting in eight-hour days on the project since January.
The budget of $ 20,000 – gained through Porirua City Council’s village strategy programme – has been pushed to the limit, he says, with the stainless steel-and-wood structures proving a test of his skill.
‘‘ There’s probably $ 12,000 worth of steel there, maybe even $13,000,’’ he said.
‘‘Whether I’ve been carving or not, there’s always something to do, and it’s taking a while, longer than I thought it would.’’
It was originally envisioned the two pou would be finished by the end of June, but this has been pushed out further.
After discussion among the community and Ngati Toa in 2010, it was decided the threemetre-high pou would mark the entrance to the suburb.
This follows work to upgrade streets in Takapuwahia during the summer.
The pou, to be set up either side of the bottom of Te Hiko St, will depict the prow and stern of a waka.
The consensus was to have a modern design, but reflecting Ngati Toa’s journey to come to Porirua.
Porirua City councillor Liz Kelly, who is Ngati Toa, said she was ‘‘really excited’’ to see the pou reach fruition and could not wait for them to go up.
She would love to see more pou around the city, such as at the entrances to Porirua or at prominent places like the waterfront.
Carving up: Takapuwahia carver Tana Salzman has been a busy man these past months, giving his chisels a solid workout as he painstakingly prepares the pou that will greet visitors to, and residents of, his suburb.