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How are aspects of local mana whenua incorporated?

The project team have been in partnership with mana whenua throughout. This includes local hapū Ngāti Te Whiti.  Some elements include:

  • Maramataka physical features that highlight the Māori lunar calendar
  • Sculptures of Te Wheke-a-Muturangi that highlights Kupe, an important figure in Māori folklore
  • The star of Puanga and constellation of Matariki are incorporated into play space
  • Sensory stimulation features include aspects of local Motu, flora and fauna
  • Learning boards that detail not only the above but will provide te reo translation on all educational aspects.