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'Tupapa - Our Stand. Our Story' officially opened

17 Apr 2019

'Tupapa - Our Stand. Our Story' officially opened

Tupapa opening

The historical interpretation experience ‘Tupapa – Our stand. Our story’ was officially opened with iwi and our community last week.

Tupapa is the culmination of work by Ngati Oneone, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Rongowhakaata and Ngai Tamanuhiri to share traditional stories of voyaging and arrival in the place where iwi connect through shared history and ancestry.

The heritage trail has 10 markers that go from Waikanae Beach and follow around the inner harbour to the summit of Titirangi/Kaiti Hill.

Information on each marker is relative to the view from that location and also directs users to the project’s digital media platforms — the Tupapa website and Tupapa mobile app.

These media platforms include video recordings of ancestral stories that have been retold by tangata whenua.

There are also two view shafts that have been constructed as part of the trail. The first, is by the Turanganui River mouth, near The Cut at Waikanae. The second is at the summit of Titirangi.

Tupapa is one of five projects under Council’s Tairawhiti Navigations programme.