Category Archives: history


The third theme is aligned with current initiatives to establish a network of walking tracks throughout the Far North. The emphasis on tracks has been taken up by the Trust with a particular focus upon the “Arawairua” as the ultimate track and as a mysterious icon of the Maori people. Also reflected in the logo design is a theme referred to by the artist as a “manawa” or heart line that connects to the beat… Continue Reading


The initiative to establish the centre came from and was supported by a number of individuals and organisations. These included Te Runanga o te Rarawa and Te Rūnanga-ā-Iwi o Ngāti Kahu and representation from those hapū who are mana whenua in Kaitāia, namely, Te Paatu, Ngai Tohianga and Te Tahaawai Hapū of Kaitāia, Oturu and Pukepoto. This early involvement ensured that iwi participated in the design of the concept and the nature of the facility.… Continue Reading

Who was involved in the project

In addition to the Trustees, who are all donating their time, expertise, experience and commitment to the project, there are a number of people who are assisting the trustees to ensure a successful outcome to this project. They are:   Haami Piripi : Chair, Te Runanga o Te Rarawa John Popata jnr : Ngati Kahu Charlie Larkins : Ngati Kahu Paul Marshall : Tohunga Whakairo Nina Gobie : Customer Services Manager North, FNDC & Secretary for… Continue Reading

The Logo

Designed by Tuitui Art Described by Waikarere Gregory (a Kaitaia artist of Te Rarawa descent) This design combines historical and cultural information pertaining to Kaitaia and the Far North, drawing on traditional Maori art forms, yet resulting in a contemporary piece. It has the potential to stand alone as a free-standing sculptural piece or as an art piece to adorn the front of the Te Ahu Complex. Contained within the design are the concepts of… Continue Reading


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