Northern News : January 11th 2012
BE IN TO WIN A FAMILY TRIP FOR FOUR TO RAROTONGA! See G.J. Gardner Homes for details GJ-RFHA-SOL-FN1211 53 Hobson Avenue, Kerikeri. Phone: (09) 407 3441 OPEN Monday-Friday 9.00am-5.00pm 0800 42 45 46 www.gjgardner.co.nz Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Te Ahu ready to fly ' Te Ahu Centre will become the heart of Kaitaia. ' Deputy mayor Ann Court Where journeys begin: More than 100 perspex kuaka (bar-tailed godwits) hang from the ceiling of Te Ahu Centre's atrium in a flight formation that mimics the migratory bird's annual journey to the northern hemisphere. AFTER more than seven years in the making Kaitaia's Te Ahu Centre will finally open its doors next month. Te Ahu Charitable Trust is in the final stages of completing the new 2300 square-metre building that will house a library, museum and archive, cafe, i-SITE and Far North District Council service centre. The refurbished Little Theatre, Te Ahu Cinema and Community Hall, which boasts a new kitchen and courtyard area, opened to the public last year. The trust has advised the council that it can start moving into the building on February 10. Trust general manager Mark Osborne says builders and tradespeople have con- tinued to make good progress since the public was given a sneak preview of the centre's interior late last year. A skywalk around an eight- metre-high atrium, where more than 100 perspex kuaka (bar-tailed godwits) now soar, is finished. Carvers working under the direction of tohunga whakairo (master carver) Paul Marshall are adding finishing touches to four, seven-metre pou rep- resenting Pakeha, Te Rarawa, Ngai Takoto and Ngati Kuri. The pou will encircle the atrium and look down on a giant stingray etched in a polished concrete floor symbolising the seafloor andTeHikuoteIka--the tail of the fish. Three more pou represen- ting Te Aupouri, Ngati Kahu and people of Dalmatian descent will stand alongside the pou when they are com- pleted. Other areas of the centre are also nearing the fit-out stage. A floor-to-ceiling fibreglass kauri tree and swing bridge have been installed in the library where a wall mural evokes native bush. A creative director from Wellington firm Story Inc is assisting with the installation of 48 display cases in the museum area where black walls, dimmed lighting and spotlights will allow the Far North Regional Museum to display artefacts to dramatic effect. Deputy mayor Ann Court says Te Ahu is just amazing. It will become the heart of Kaitaia. Thank you to those people who had the vision to create something that is not only functional but a work of art as well.'' Hokianga-Kaikohe ward councillor Tracy Dalton is equally impressed and praised everyone involved in the project. Te Ahu is a fantastic com- munity complex. The concept has been inclusive and the result is very attractive.''
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