One of the aspirations for central city Anchor Projects is to recognise Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu heritage and places of significance. Ōtākaro is working with Matapopore, the mana whenua voice in regeneration to ensure Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu values, aspirations and narratives are realised in the rebuilt central city. The principal Ngāi Tūāhuriri value for the Christchurch Anchor Projects is:
Kia atawhai ki te iwi – Care for the people.
Ngāi Tūāhuriri believes the Anchor Projects and all projects associated with the regeneration of Christchurch must demonstrate care for the citizens of the city and encourage warmth and a sense of welcome. These principles are being brought to life in a variety of ways, including through the design of buildings and art.
One example is the artworks and words that will highlight Ngāi Tahu and European stories along the Ōtākaro / Avon River Precinct. A Literary Trail is being installed along the length of the Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct. Panels will display quotes and pepeha (how to introduce yourself in Maori) by prominent New Zealand poets and writers Apirana Taylor, John Deans, Wiremu Te Uki and David Eggleton. All 15 of the Literary Trail panels will be located at sites relevant to their texts. Poems which refer to particular locations will appear in their vicinity. Ngāi Tahu texts will appear at culturally significant sites. Examples of this can already be seen at The Terraces. The words on The Terraces are:
a flotilla of leaves
along the inky black water
of the Ōtākaro how serenely they sail
out of their past
and into their future
Title: thoughts on the Avon from te ata kura (2004)
Author: Apirana Taylor (b. 1955), Te Whanau-a-Apanui, Ngati Porou, Ngāti Ruanui
Apirana Taylor (below) read the words aloud at the official opening of The Terraces in June 2016. Middle: Apirana and Otakaro Chairman Ross Butler with Prime Minister John Key in the background. Bottom: a punt in front of the newly completed terraces.
Another example is the 13 paved Whariki Manaaki (woven mats of welcome) being installed along the river. In sequence they reference the pōwhiri process of welcome and support the guiding principle of the rebuild of Christchurch for Ngāi Tahu, Kia atawhai ki te iwi – Be kind to your people. The Whāriki are designed by expert weavers Reihana Parata, Queen’s Service Medal, and Morehu Flutey-Henare, Master of Applied Indigenous Knowledge, with technical support from Wayne Youle, Bachelor of Design. The Whāriki directly below is already in place near the Bridge of Remembrance. It is called Maumahara – Remembering our fallen in battle. The second example is in place at the Margaret Mahy Family Plaground as is called Te Rau Aroha Kite Tangata - Family Wellbeing.
Greater Christchurch is in a new and exciting phase - regeneration. The city is currently undergoing the biggest and most inspiring urban renewal opportunity in New Zealand’s history. Ōtākaro is just one of the organisations involved in the regeneration of the city. Regeneration agencies (some new and some existing) have distinct projects and priorities. They are all working together to make Christchurch an even greater place to be.
- For information about Council-led Anchor Projects, suburban master planning, the horizontal infrastructure repair programme and other essential services needed to keep the city running, contact Christchurch City Council - 03 941 8999.
- For information about attracting and facilitating investment, implementing key development projects, contributing to the implementation of Suburban Master Plans and providing commercial and strategic advice to Christchurch City Council, contact Development Christchurch Limited - firstname.lastname@example.org
- For information about regeneration activities across Christchurch district to plan and drive development in key areas, contact Regenerate Christchurch - email@example.com
- For information about policy, planning, legal and monitoring support on a range of regeneration issues across the greater Christchurch region, contact the Greater Christchurch Group in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - firstname.lastname@example.org