Cultural growth in Waipukurau receives PGF support

Published: Jan 21, 2020

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Belonging, understanding, and connection are at the heart of the Ngā Ara Tipuna - Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project which will receive $2.798 million from Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) to create an authentic cultural tourism experience.

The project will inform visitors about the history of six pā sites in Waipukurau with a combination of whare korero (carved gathering spaces), pou whenua (carved posts), interpretative signage and digital storytelling unique to Central Hawke’s Bay.

PGF funding will be used to tell the story of how iwi came to the area and what these pā sites were used for. They are archeologically, spiritually and culturally significant to hāpu and whānau in the area. 

Sharing these stories will have economic benefits for a town the size of Waipukurau by helping to boost employment and tourism.

Once finished, the project is expected to create 16 new jobs, and attract up to 15,000 visitors annually by its fifth year of operation. 

The project will be split into two phases with plans for phase one to commence in March 2020 which will focus on the development of the largest pā site, Pukekaihau. 

Phase two will begin in February 2021 developing the remaining five pā sites, Te Waipukurau, Kaimanawa, Kaitoroa, Ruatangaroa, and Moana-i-rokia.

Ngā Ara Tipuna plans to use the voices of real people to tell the stories of their ancestors in a way that stays true to tikanga Māori. Our Māori heritage needs the likes of Ngā Ara Tipuna to keep our stories alive, our culture vibrant and our people connected.

A group of four outdoors at the Waipukurau Pā site announcement.

Napier Mayor Kirsten Wise, Pieri Munro of Hawke's Bay Regional Council, Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst, and Roger Maaka of Te Taiwhenua o Tamatea at the Waipukurau Pā site PGF announcement.