Dis­cov­ery cen­tre named

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

The next key de­vel­op­ment at Te Awa­mutu’s hub will be the Waipa¯ Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre, which will now be known as Te Ara Wai, mean­ing ‘the path of mem­o­ries’.

At Tues­day’s meet­ing Coun­cil re­solved to sup­port the Waipa¯ Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre gov­er­nance com­mit­tee de­ci­sion to name the new cen­tre Te Ara Wai. The name was re­searched and pro­posed by coun­cil’s iwi en­gage­ment ad­vi­sor Shane Te Ruki.

In a re­port to the com­mit­tee he shared the mean­ing of the name as a ref­er­ence to where we have come from and where we are go­ing.

“The name must res­onate with the Waipa¯ dis­trict and the story of our land,” said Shane.

“Te Ara Wai’s most di­rect trans­la­tion is ‘the path of mem­o­ries’ but it means so much more than that.

“Ara is to rise, to be awake to our past and have our eyes open to our fu­ture. Wai is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the wa­ter path­ways across much of Waipa¯ . It’s also re­flec­tive of who we were, who we are and who we will be­come.”

Shane de­scribes the full mean­ing be­hind Te Ara Wai in a video re­leased by coun­cil which can be viewed at tinyurl.com/ y9wmzb6p.

The name Te Ara Wai re­ceived pos­i­tive sup­port from Nga¯ Iwi To¯pu o Waipa¯, Nga¯ti Unu and Nga¯ ti Kahu.

The project is also en­dorsed by many Waipa¯ iwi.

The name will be sup­ported by an English by­line that is yet to be de­cided on.

Plan­ning for Te Ara Wai is well un­der­way, with ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from ar­chi­tects ex­pected be­fore the end of the year.

Te Ara Wai will sit along­side the Te Awa­mutu Li­brary and will in­clude an ever-chang­ing ex­hi­bi­tion space, new and bet­ter space to house and show­case our com­mu­nity’s unique col­lec­tion of taonga, sto­ries that con­nect to sig­nif­i­cant lo­ca­tions in the dis­trict, a re­search cen­tre, a hub for all the school and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes, the Te Awa­mutu i-Site and also as a com­mu­nity gather­ing space.

Coun­cil­lor Vern Wil­son voted against the res­o­lu­tion.

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