Matariki part­ner­ship a suc­cess

Ruapehu Press - - Your Paper, Your Place - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

Be­ing asked to use his artis­tic tal­ents to show­case Tau­marunui’s big­gest Matariki Win­ter Fes­ti­val was a hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence for lo­cal artist James Can­non.

In­ter­pret­ing an idea re­quested from Hi­raina Tarawa of Te Waka Pu Whenua, Can­non didn’t hes­i­tate to make the brief.

Us­ing two sheets of ply­wood, paint, LED strip light­ing and re­cy­cled com­puter hard drives, seven tiki were cre­ated.

Pow­ered by a 12 volt car bat­tery, the in­stal­la­tion stopped on­look­ers in their tracks as the tiki il­lu­mi­nated the night with dif­fer­ent colours.

‘‘It’s one of my big­ger pieces and it’s very modern and funky

‘‘I think the tiki em­blem ap­peals to all and it’s eas­ily recog­nis­able and I’m re­ally pleased to do these things.

‘‘It was quite tech­ni­cal. I’d done stuff I’ve never done be­fore. It’s all a learn­ing curve.’’

It took 14 hours to de­sign and 125 hours to fin­ish. The fin­ished works stand two me­tres high.

Can­non was able to get his chil­dren to help which made the pro­ject more mean­ing­ful.

This was the sec­ond pro­ject he had used light so work­ing out the tech­ni­cal­i­ties was a bit of a chal­lenge.

Over­com­ing the nerves and ex­haus­tion Can­non had his pro­ject lit up ten min­utes be­fore the of­fi­cial open­ing last Mon­day.

‘‘When they (lights) fade in and out it was amaz­ing. It worked re­ally well.

‘‘It’s cool I did some­thing for the town. I’ve al­ways wanted to.

‘‘I’d love to make a per­ma­nent one for the town.’’

Te Hua­pae o Matariki Win­ter Fes­ti­val was a com­bined ini­tia­tive be­tween Te Waka Pu Whenua and En­ter­pris­ing Tau­marunui Inc.

Tarawa ap­proached a light­ing com­pany in Auck­land to do the light trail which was funded by Te Puni Kokiri and Com­mu­nity Art Fund­ing Scheme.

‘‘It was a spe­cial mo­ment to see whanau out with their kids.

‘It grew big­ger from a Matariki event to a Tau­marunui event.

‘‘It’s about re­ju­ve­na­tion, new begin­nings and it’s about ac­knowl­edg­ing our tupuna who have gone and ac­knowl­edg­ing those who have been left be­hind.

‘‘We’re here to look af­ter our whenua, look af­ter each other.

‘‘That’s the whole con­cept of Matariki, whanau, com­mu­nity, unity.’’

The com­mit­tee will meet up again this week to dis­cuss the fu­ture of the event.

July 4: Po­lice as­sisted Am­bu­lance with a pa­tient. A non­in­jury ve­hi­cle crash was at­tended by Na­tional Park Po­lice on SH47. Ad­vice was given in a dis­pute be­tween a ten­ant and a land­lord and later a fe­male was re­moved from an ad­dress she had been tres­passed from. A water blaster was taken from a shed on Ruapehu Cres’ and a ver­bal do­mes­tic in­ci­dent be­tween drunk par­ties was at­tended.

July 5: In the early hours of the morn­ing a do­mes­tic in­ci­dent was at­tended and Na­tional Park Po­lice also at­tended a do­mes­tic in­ci­dent. Later in the day an­other do­mes­tic in­ci­dent was at­tended and a drunk fe­male walk­ing in the mid­dle of the road was taken home.

July 6: Po­lice at­tended an in­ci­dent be­tween a house owner and her boarder. A driver lost con­trol of his ve­hi­cle on the wet road and crashed into a bank North of Owhango.

July 7: Two do­mes­tic in­ci­dents were at­tended. A male was ar­rested for a breach of a pro­tec­tion or­der and a ve­hi­cle slipped off the road on the Laird­vale ex­ten­sion.

July 8: A do­mes­tic in­ci­dent that turned phys­i­cal was at­tended. A dis­qual­i­fied driver was caught driv­ing and had his ve­hi­cle im­pounded.

July 9: An­other do­mes­tic in­ci­dent and two fe­males were ar­rested for fraud.


Hi­raina Tarawa, artist James Can­non and Nga­rau Tarawa.

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