Many hands support poles project
The latest addition to Tokoroa’s talking poles has been unveiled and it was a hit for the community who made it.
Community members, talking pole trustees, South Waikato District Council staff and councillors turned up to the unveiling at the South Wai- kato Sports and Events Centre.
The 500 tiles made by the community were presented on one pole and four separate tile boards.
Trustee Mariata Couch said tiles with children’s hand prints were placed at the bottom to show they were holding it all up.
Team effort: Builder Graham Hickford, left, helped Talking Pole trustees John Paki, Mariata Couch, Tracy Stothers, Faye Ives, Pam Harrison and Sue Arthur make the idea become a reality.
Unveiled: Talking pole trustee Tracy Stothers unveils the new tile talking pole.
Making a mark: Emani Poiva,left, Scott NgapoLipscombe, Tamatea Ngapo-Lipscombe, Maata Ngapo, Lloyd and Arama Ngapo-Lipscombe, Te Paea Ngapo and Mariata Couch, front, admire the artwork they helped make.