Sister cities celebrate
Two pou were revealed in Porirua’s Australian sister city last month to celebrate 30 years of partnership.
Porirua mayor Nick Leggett, Whitireia dancers and members of Ngati Toa travelled to Black- town, near Sydney, to reveal the Maori ceremonial gateway in the New Zealand Garden at Nurragingy Reserve.
The gateway features two 4-metre high totem poles (pou) carved by Ngati Toa carvers and brothers Hermann and Tana Salzmann.
A ceremonial dedication of the pou took place during the Blacktown Festival week in May.
The sister city agreement was signed on May 5, 1984.