Public tour inside council offices

Council chief executive Nedine Thatcher Swann (left) walks Carol and Tom Wakelin through the council’s What’s the Future Tairawhiti? document during the open day. Pictures by Liam Clayton
Gisborne District Council’s Civil Defence training assistant, Paul Stuart, talks to a group of visitors about the council’s new building during the open day on Saturday.
Neil and Andra Taylor looking at posters in the Civil Defence room.
Kensa Berry, Zoe Kluiters and Menno Kluiters were also at the GDC open day.
GDC Director Internal Partnerships James Baty taking a tour at the GDC open day.
GDC Director Internal Partnerships James Baty taking a tour at the GDC open day.

A workable, functional design with beautiful artwork was one of a number of positive comments from people who toured the new Gisborne District Council building on Saturday.

About 500 people took the opportunity of the council’s open day to inspect Awarua, the name of the waka hourua-based design. Awarua means central passage (as in a house) or the strip of territory between two tribes or rivers.

The zig-zag design seen around the building is called Niho (teeth) Taniwha. It is said to represent guardianship of this region’s culture and history.

The design on the wall behind the customer service area is called Te Takapau o Papatuanuku. It represents the energy from Papatuanuku (mother Earth).

The foyer area is expansive and uncluttered. The detailed scale model of explorer James Cook’s ship Endeavour that once stood just inside the entrance of the old building is now outside Mayor Meng Foon’s office.

The building’s open, design is another feature Saturday’s visitors remarked on.

“The council chambers are functional and everything is light and airy,” said one visitor.

The building was a credit to the planners and the council, said another.

“I would love to work in there. It’s fit for purpose and I congratulate all involved.”

One visitor was not so impressed.

“They would not be nice comments — you wouldn’t be able to print them.”

More tours are planned during the week.

A workable, functional design with beautiful artwork was one of a number of positive comments from people who toured the new Gisborne District Council building on Saturday.

About 500 people took the opportunity of the council’s open day to inspect Awarua, the name of the waka hourua-based design. Awarua means central passage (as in a house) or the strip of territory between two tribes or rivers.

The zig-zag design seen around the building is called Niho (teeth) Taniwha. It is said to represent guardianship of this region’s culture and history.

The design on the wall behind the customer service area is called Te Takapau o Papatuanuku. It represents the energy from Papatuanuku (mother Earth).

The foyer area is expansive and uncluttered. The detailed scale model of explorer James Cook’s ship Endeavour that once stood just inside the entrance of the old building is now outside Mayor Meng Foon’s office.

The building’s open, design is another feature Saturday’s visitors remarked on.

“The council chambers are functional and everything is light and airy,” said one visitor.

The building was a credit to the planners and the council, said another.

“I would love to work in there. It’s fit for purpose and I congratulate all involved.”

One visitor was not so impressed.

“They would not be nice comments — you wouldn’t be able to print them.”

More tours are planned during the week.

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