Hun­dert­wasser stone laid

The Northern Advocate - - Local News - Dan­ica MacLean

A sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment in the life of the Hun­dert­wasser project has been marked with the lay­ing of a mauri stone.

Around 40 peo­ple, in­clud­ing lo­cal lead­ers and mem­bers of the project team, gath­ered at the site of the Hun­dert­wasser Art Cen­tre with Wairau Ma¯ori Art Gallery in Whanga¯rei’s Town Basin yes­ter­day for the morn­ing cer­e­mony.

The cer­e­mony, which in­cluded a bless­ing and the lay­ing of the stone, was led by kau­matua from lo­cal hapu Te Parawhau.

The mauri stone was taonga from the rohe of Te Parawhau. Mauri is an en­ergy which binds all things to the phys­i­cal world and with­out it mana can­not flow into a per­son or ob­ject.

Hun­dert­wasser project spokesper­son Greg Hay said the mauri stone is about the size of a foot­ball and was laid near what will be­come the heart of the build­ing. It has been cov­ered in earth and the con­crete foun­da­tion will be poured over it when the time comes.

Hay said it was a clear still morn­ing and many peo­ple re­marked they thought of Hun­dert­wasser him­self and oth­ers, such as the late Greg Guy who was a key sup­porter of the project, as the cer­e­mony took place.

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