Bless­ing of her­itage trails

South Waikato News - - Community Cookbook - STEPH RANGI

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.

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