Northern News : August 10th 2011
5 NORTHERN NEWS, AUGUST 10, 2011 NEWS Proud pou: Community Max supervisor David Ngawati with a pou for the Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail. Breathing life into cycle trail ' The cycleway is a river bringing life through to the people ... restoring the connections between various hapu, iwi and our oceans. ' -- David Penny It was a proud moment for the Community Max cycle trail project workers last week when they received recognition for their contribution to the creation of Pou Herenga Tai, the Twin Coast Cycle Trail. With 80 percent of the young workers moving into further employment, the project is considered a great success. Far North District Council project manager David Penny says: Together we have made a dream come true. By uniting and working together we have achieved something that will benefit the wider community for years to come.'' More than 96 young people from the mid- north have worked on the cycle trail. They have cleared the path, constructed the trail and planted native trees. They have also carved the pou which will help bring the trail to life. David Ngawati supervised the carvers in Moerewa. He says it was great to watch the progress of the Community Max workers over the months carving the pou. David sees this project as just the beginning of meaningful development for the community. Our carving heritage needed to be renewed after the effects of the missionaries on our figu- rative representation. We've begun this journey by creating a carving school here, all are welcome, we don't have the strict tapu other whakairo schools have. The next step is to create a village as a site for further learning.'' With the opening of Tatou Design gallery in Moewera, the carvers have a new outlet for their work. Curator Del Bristow says the opening exhi- bition featuring the work of the carvers was a suc- cess and the carvers are already receiving com- missions for new works. Mr Penny says: The cycleway is a river bring- ing life through to the people, it is almost like restoring the connections between various hapu, iwi and our oceans. Not only are we pass- ing on the beauty of what we have but also show- casing our culture which is rich in this area, honouring European and Maori aspirations in that process.''
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