Blessing of heritage trails
Pouakani Marae, in the small town of Mangakino, was home to over 50 people last week, when the Mangakino/whakamaru Heritage Trials were blessed and opened.
Bill Millwood, who was once principal of the area school, started the proceedings off and blessed the heritage markers and information panels that are stationed around the communities of Mangakino and Whakamaru.
‘‘Already I have observed so many people stop and look at the signs,’’ he said.
‘‘[There’s been] so many positive comments which is so complimentary.’’
Many community members were in attendance.
There were also representatives from Taupo District Council, Destination Great Lake Taupo, Waikato River Trails and also many former and current members of the communities.
Once the blessing was done, everyone was formally welcomed onto the marae by way of a Powhiri. Kaumatua spoke and the heritage trails were officially opened.
The markers and information panels explain the heritage of both communities and is a project which everyone can enjoy.
Lara Davies, community manager of Mangakino Central, said they work with Mangakino Community Led Development and have been involved with them for quite awhile.
‘‘The markers are such a good thing for the town,’’ she said.
‘‘Already I have observed so many people stop and look at the signs.’’ Bill Millwood
Bill Millwood blesses and officially opens the heritage markers around the townships of Mangakino and Whakamaru.