Tāmaki resident and artist Chantel Matthews-Perawiti combined art and community, to raise awareness of the plight and nurture a sense of connection to the Glen Innes’ waterways.
Chantel created Ko Au Ko Koe, Ko Koe Ko Au, a steel sculpture symbolising three wāhine who stand as kaitiaki with detailed hand-woven marine rope created by local weavers Ko Tou Rourou led by Karen Nathan and joined by Jamie Te Huia Cowell.
Pou ora is about bringing life into our waterways and having the community’s support. The Pou will stand in the Maybury Reserve to bring attention to the condition of local waterways in Tāmaki, in particular, the Ōmaru Creek which runs through the reserve.
Maria Meredith, chairperson of Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board says, “It is important that the community feel connected to local water quality issues."
"We will all need to work together if we are to see waterways such as the Ōmaru Creek become clean and flowing again.”
This is a Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board and Tāmaki Regeneration funded project.
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