Heritage stories celebrated

The Tupapa Launch well-attended. Picture by Paul Rickard

Tangata whenua stories of Turanganui-a-Kiwa were celebrated through the launch of the Tupapa: Our Stand, Our Story project on Saturday.

Tupapa is a heritage trail and digital media experience that shares stories that are unique to Turanganui-a-Kiwa, from a tangata whenua lens of four local iwi - Ngati Oneone, Te-Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Rongowhakaata and Ngai Tamanuhiri.

They share stories from the first settlement by Maori more than 700 years ago to the arrival of Captain Cook, and then the first settlers.

Despite a downpour of rain on Saturday, the launch drew a good crowd with Crown/Maori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis, as one of the guests.

The opening began with a karakia at the Turanganui riverside (pictured), near the Cut, at the first Tupapa 3D map viewshaft, and continued along the trail.

The trail includes 10 sail-shaped information markers, starting at Waikanae, and following the inner harbour, concluding with a Pacific Journeys map table at the summit of Titirangi.

A Tupapa app provides audio and visual content and complements the walk. There are te reo Maori and English versions of the app.

Tangata whenua stories of Turanganui-a-Kiwa were celebrated through the launch of the Tupapa: Our Stand, Our Story project on Saturday.

Tupapa is a heritage trail and digital media experience that shares stories that are unique to Turanganui-a-Kiwa, from a tangata whenua lens of four local iwi - Ngati Oneone, Te-Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Rongowhakaata and Ngai Tamanuhiri.

They share stories from the first settlement by Maori more than 700 years ago to the arrival of Captain Cook, and then the first settlers.

Despite a downpour of rain on Saturday, the launch drew a good crowd with Crown/Maori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis, as one of the guests.

The opening began with a karakia at the Turanganui riverside (pictured), near the Cut, at the first Tupapa 3D map viewshaft, and continued along the trail.

The trail includes 10 sail-shaped information markers, starting at Waikanae, and following the inner harbour, concluding with a Pacific Journeys map table at the summit of Titirangi.

A Tupapa app provides audio and visual content and complements the walk. There are te reo Maori and English versions of the app.

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G R Webb - 7 months ago
The markers and the map table are worthy additions to the information about the District, even allowing for the scant reference to immigration and settlement in the nineteenth century. In time it will swing back. Meanwhile everyone should walk the trail.

Out of curiosity, how many is a good crowd?

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