Kaokao patterning represents protection, as it resembles the arms and ribs enfolded. Te Pōpapakina and Te Aopapakina are the darkness and light that can be felt.


This pou whenua honours Waimapihi awa, filmed at Te Aro Park and focussed on the water feature and sculptural work of Māori artist Shona Rapira Davies. Rapira-Davies also acknowledges Waimapihi awa that runs below the city streets.


Before beginning this project we met with several groups, people who are working to daylight the awa from artists and designers, people of the whenua, urban agriculture specialists and kaitiaki of the community Seeds to Feeds. The source of Waimapihi begins at the Waimapihi reserve where the ngahere and awa are protected and taken care of by the community and Ngā Kaimanāki o te Waimapihi. Te Aro community is in good hands with many caring people working to ensure past, present and future are honoured. 

Te Aro Pā and Waimapihi.


Filmed during the Otane cycle it was considered a good day for ika fishing, tuna eeling, kora crayfishing and a reasonable day for planting in the māra garden.