Talk­ing Pole about to be re­vealed

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯ RONGORONGO -

A new talk­ing pole made by the com­mu­nity last year will be un­veiled this Satur­day.

The 4- me­tre struc­ture is made up of four pan­els and will be in­stalled at the Sports and Events Cen­tre at 10am.

Five tile boards have been used back to back as well as the story be­hind the pole.

Th­ese ex­tra pieces will lead up to the struc­ture.

This new ad­di­tion will be num­ber 45 on the talk­ing pole list.

Talk­ing Pole trustee Mari­ata Couch hoped ev­ery­one who con­trib­uted could at­tend the un­veil­ing.

‘‘ The mes­sage we want to get out is to in­vite those mem­bers who sup­ported and par­tic­i­pated in the poles.It was about do­ing some­thing that would then live on . . . fam­i­lies would come in to­gether and they were shar­ing that time.’’

Though it was pro­duced by the trust, Couch said in­stal­la­tion and main­te­nance lies with the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil.

‘‘It’s very com­mu­nity ori­en­tated and unique to any of the other poles the trust has com­mis­sioned, since so many peo­ple were in­volved in pro­duc­ing it,’’ com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Kerry Fabrie said.

Along­side the trust mem­bers, res­i­dents jumped on board to help in­clud­ing builder Gra­ham Hick­ford and 11 com­mu­nity spon­sors.

FI­NAL PROD­UCT: Come Satur­day the dream will be­come a re­al­ity for the Talk­ing Pole Trust when the new tile art pole, sim­i­lar to this model, is re­vealed.

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