The Ngai Tamarawaho mokai is the Ruru. Known as Whango, it is said to have appeared as a messenger on many occasions to local Iwi. The historically significant Otamataha Pa is situated along the same stretch of coastline, with Whango watching glarefully over the water he reminds us of the importance of the site and the respect that should be shown here.
Just further along the road Paritaha point was the landing site of the waka tapu Takitimu. The waka hoe (oars) symbolise the acknowledgement of their arrival and reminds us that the great navigators brought us to new lands. Appearing like compass points, they are tucked under the wing of the kaitiaki, a symbol of direction that comes from following great leaders.
Mauao is graphically represented with layers of black/white reminding us of the history of the space. The many seasons, occupations, wars and celebrations are all layers to the history of the area and like sediment layers of a mountain they reveal the stories of the past. Relating to the surrounding area, the colours are a direct link to the ocean, river, sky and the building that sits across the road. It is about visual balance as you come down the street towards the wall, a unity of space and people towards the future.
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