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New signage for the district

19 Sep 2019

New signage for the district

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Old and dated signage on Council facilities and public spaces is set to be replaced with a modern, fresh design.

From later this month, the refreshed signage style will be used for all new signs and those due for renewal on community property and spaces.

With some signs up to 30-years-old, many have deteriorated and in some cases the information is dated.

There are numerous styles used for different types of signage, resulting in inconsistencies and excessive or unclear messaging.

We completed a stocktake of our existing signage and developed a contemporary style guide to ensure consistency and equality throughout the district.

Local artist, Kaaterina Kerekere, designed the kōwhaiwhai banner using traditional Koiri and Mangopare patterns to reflect Council’s role in kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and fostering whakawhanaungatanga (relationships) with our community.

Since 2014 Te Reo Māori translations were introduced on all new Council signs as part of our commitment to revitalise the use of Te Reo in Tairāwhiti.

The new signage will remain fully bilingual with key information condensed and set out in an easy to read, universally recognisable format.

We’ve prioritised the replacements in stages beginning with regulatory and safety hazard signs. Directional signs along the city beachfront will be installed before October, followed by Titirangi Reserve before summer.

Council’s annual plan for 2019/20 allocates a budget of $75,000 for sign maintenance.