Park’s her­itage cen­tre opens

The Horowhenua Mail - - CONVERSATIONS -

The Ma¯ori, Euro­pean and nat­u­ral her­itage of Queen El­iz­a­beth Park in Ka¯piti is now on dis­play at the Ra­maroa cen­tre, which opened on Satur­day at the park’sMack­ays Cross­ing en­trance off SH1.

Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil parks port­fo­lio leader Coun­cil­lor Prue La­ma­son said the her­itage cen­tre was colour­ful, in­no­va­tive and would show­case sto­ries that bring the peo­ple, places and his­tory of the re­gion to life.

‘‘It will tell sto­ries of the re­gion’s rich his­tory of Ma¯ori life in the wet­land re­gion, and more re­cent sto­ries of Euro­pean set­tle­ment and the place of US Marines in the park,’’ she said.

The com­plex also of­fers ameet­ing space which com­mu­nity groups and other or­gan­i­sa­tions could book for their own ac­tiv­i­ties or to learn more about the park.

It has a large meet­ing room ca­pa­ble of seat­ing 60 peo­ple, which opens onto a cov­ered deck area that will house dis­plays about the park’s hu­man his­tory and unique nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. The cen­tre also con­tains the park ranger of­fice and vis­i­tor toi­lets.

Ka¯piti ar­chi­tect Ben Gilpin de­signed the com­plex. He said it had two sep­a­rate gable build­ings, tilted walls and a cen­tral gull­wing roof, re­fer­ring both to the tra­di­tional Ma¯ori wharenui and the tents in the Marines’ camp.

‘‘By us­ing tim­ber bat­tens and sep­a­rat­ing the build­ings the her­itage cen­tre cre­ates a strong con­nec­tion to a tra­di­tional pa¯ site. Posts sup­port­ing the gull­wing roof are adorned with a con­tem­po­rary de­sign by local carver Nathan Te Rei, fur­ther en­hanc­ing the Ma¯ori and an­ces­tral con­nec­tion to the site.

‘‘The an­gled screens re­sem­ble typ­i­cal tent flies and the gull­wing roof ref­er­ences the coastal en­vi­ron­ment set­ting.’’

Ra­maroa’s icon pan­els and ko¯whai­whai were de­signed by artist Her­mann Salz­mann. The build­ing was con­structed by Ry­der Builders.

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