Steel-and-wood pou al­most com­pleted

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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