Discovery centre named
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.