Kapi-Mana News : October 11th 2011
15 KAPI-MANA NEWS, OCTOBER 11, 2011 NEWS UNDER THE CANOPIES 4080383AA 'Priceless' for carvers By JIM CHIPP Indigenous artisans: Whitireia Polytechnic carving tutor James Molnar, foreground, with carvers, from left, Nathan Rei, Terence Deverall, Arama Wineera, Crane Amaru and Jason Reynolds. They are pictured with the complete wakatete. CARE OF WELLINGTON'S WAKA Wellington City Council had commissioned a 14.5-metre waka, Te Raukura, in 1989 for use in the city's sesquicentenary celebrations and it was carved under the supervision of Waiwhetu carver Rangi Hetet. However, it deteriorated badly in the care of the council and was returned to Waiwhetu for restoration. When Wellington's $12.5 million Wharewaka was completed, the Wellington Tenths Trust demanded a say in the care of the waka before they would return Te Ruakura to Wellington City Council. The dispute was resolved by the Tenths Trust retaining Te Raukura in Waiwhetu and making a cash settlement to the council, which funded one of the two new waka for the Wharewaka. The second one was paid for by the New Zealand Community Trust. The building is closed to the public but the waka can be seen through the windows. Wellington City Council spokesman Richard MacLean said the care of the waka was the responsibility of the Wellington Tenths Trust. ''Whether they let people go in and touch it or not is up to the owners of the building.'' An unseemly squabble over own- ership of a waka became a rare opportunity for Whitireia Poly- technic carving students. When the waka, intended to be housed in Wellington s wharewaka, was retained at Waiwhetu, Whitireia whakairo -- carving tutor -- James Molnar and his graduating class of students were commissioned to carve two new ones for the new waterfront building. The dispute ended with the Wellington Tenths Trust funding one of the two waka in the new waterfront Wharewaka. The students carved two craft, one a wakatete, which could tra- ditionally be paddled by either men or women. This is a fishing waka. This would be mundane stuff, said Mr Molnar. The other is a waka taua or war canoe, which could only be paddled by men. This would be we re on a mission here . It s a different head space, he said. The students travelled to Northland five times to work on the two waka and would have spent about 500 man hours work- ing on them each trip, he said. The trees used were about 700 years old and had lain in the swamp for another 3000 years. The carving is mostly in the Taranaki style of Te Atiawa, with some detailing in Ngati Koho style to acknowledge the source of the trees. Mr Molnar said the carvers received a koha for two waka, which covered the costs of the five trips to Northland and food. I wouldn t call it substantial, but the experience was priceless. Help for homes As part of a push to tackle high rates of rheumatic fever and other respiratory issues in Porirua, Capital & Coast District Health Board is teaming up with the Sustainability Trust to insulate cold, low-income homes. Capital & Coast and the Hutt Mana Charitable Trust are con- tributing extra funding for home insulation in Porirua, to bring the cost within reach of many families with housing-related health issues -- often less than $500 for an average-sized three-bedroom home -- says Sustainability Trust chief executive Philip Squire. Typical health effects of living in a cold house are asthma, per- sistent colds and coughs, breath- ing problems, depression and skin conditions. Children and the eld- erly are often the worst affected. If you or anyone in your family has any of these problems, we en- courage you to call Sustainability Trust about extra insulation funding, up to 80 per cent off in many cases. Insulation is the single most cost-effective solution for making homes warm and pro- tecting the health of your family. Anyone can call about the extra subsidy, and referrals are being taken from medical and social ser- vice practitioners. Phone the Sustainability Trust on 0508 787 824.
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