Story of Mount park inscribed for all to see

The te reo side of the sign for Te Papa o Ngā Manu Porotakataka. Photos: Keegan Millar

A small group braved the cold this morning to bless the new signage at at Te Papa o Ngā Manu Porotakataka.

The signage for Te Papa o Ngā Manu Porotakataka, what used to be the Phoenix carpark, tells the story, in both English and Te Reo, of the name gifted to the park by mana whenua – Ngai Tukairangi.

Council staff and councillors Dawn Kiddie and Larry Baldock attended along with Mount Mainstreet manager Mandy Gillgren and Ngai Tukairangi whanau.

“I was happy to be there to help the blessing of the plaque and to have a bit more understanding of how that evolved,” says Dawn Kiddie.

She says it is good to have the sign so locals and tourists alike can learn more about the local history.

“It is great for tourists who do come in the future to have an understanding. I think that's really important.

“I really think it's great to see what the historical nature of everything is.”

A small group gathered to bless the sign. Photo: Keegan Millar

Kiddie would like to see a heritage trail set up in Tauranga for all the places of significance and says having signage at Te Papa o Ngā Manu Porotakataka is a good start.

The blessing ceremony was spoken in both te reo and English and the sign was read out in both languages as well.

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Posted on 10-07-2020 20:15 | By usandthem

the sign tell the history of the total stuff up that some of those same councillors and council staff created to produce that park,against the wishes of the ratepayers of this town?Bet you haven’t got the balls to print this.


Posted on 10-07-2020 18:27 | By dumbkof2

and how much more money is going to be wasted on this claptrap


Posted on 10-07-2020 16:53 | By Equality

No mention made as to the cost to the ratepayer of this yet another ’nice to have(?)’ item. Seems to me that local iwi have an inordinate sway over council funds. Councillor Kiddie doesn’t seem to realise that the council is in debt up to its eyeballs! I can’t see tourists flocking to read a heritage trail of plaques! Let iwi pay for such a trail if they are that keen!


Posted on 10-07-2020 16:32 | By Johnney

If the name was gifted why didn’t council refuse it. Such a mouthful. Still see skateboarders having fun here.

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