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Our duty now to learn these stories

Opinion Piece

Congratulations to all involved in the development of Ruatanuika lookout and redevelopment of Puhu Kai Iti Cook Landing Site National Historic Reserve.

Last Saturday I was privileged to join the unveiling ceremony and hear the historic Tairawhiti stories. We are so fortunate to have such talented local people, and I believe it is now the community’s duty to learn these stories to tell all visitors. And visitors will come to such a wonderful cultural historical site!

What is especially gratifying is that Puhu Kai Iti has been granted DoC Icon status (at last), thanks to the hard work from our local office, and in particular Jamie Quirk.

Most of all I want to thank Nick Tupara, the artistic creator of both sculptures that we can now all enjoy.

The Conservation Board had the pleasure of hearing Nick explain these sculptures on paper in the development stage in July 2018.

Tairawhiti is fortunate we had Nick to lead this project as not only a passionate, talented artist but also a calm and always positive representative who ensured the project was finished on time. Thank you, we appreciate the completion of this tremendous site for Gisborne-Tairawhiti.

Penny Shaw

Deputy chair, East Coast Hawke’s Bay Te Tairawhiti ki Te Matau-a-Maui Conservation Board