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Te Ara Wai - Journeys
The story behind the name Te Ara Wai
In October we announced that the Waipā discovery centre will be called Te Ara Wai, a name that was researched and proposed by Council’s iwi engagement advisor Shane Te Ruki.
“Te Ara Wai’s most direct translation is ‘the path of memories’ but it means so much more than that. Ara is to rise, to be awake to our past, and to have our eyes open to the future. Wai is representative of the water pathways across much of Waipā, and it’s also reflective of who we were, who we are and who we will become.”
Experts bolster Waipā heritage efforts
- Paraone Gloyne – National Tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori Advisor, Te Wananga Aotearoa
- Lee-Ann Muntz – Director Aotearoa Experience, Chair Tainui Waka Tourism
- Glenda Taituha – Manager of Awards and Scholarships Waikato Tainui
- Puawai Cairns – Head of Mātauranga Maori, Te Papa
- Jim Mylchreest – Mayor of Waipā
- Susan O’Regan – Waipā Councillor
- Liz Stolwyk – Waipā Councillor
- Andrew Brown – Waipā Councillor
Background to this project
- ever-changing exhibition spaces and interactive zones that tell our unique Waipā stories.
- including the geological history, the period of early settlement, agricultural development, the land wars and land confiscation, through to Waipā today.
- new and better space to house and showcase our community’s precious and unique collection of taonga
- stories that connect to the actual sites of significance in our district
- a research centre and ability to offer more research services to our community
- a hub for our school and education programmes
- the Te Awamutu i-SITE
- a community gathering space.