Winton’s new waka

Winton Kindergarten children and staff at the unveiling of the Takitimu Waka community art project. PHOTO: Megan Graham Photography

Winton Kindergarten has unveiled an art installation along part of the Winton walking track.

After a successful Polyfest, Winton Kindergarten continued to look at important parts of their culture by studying and learning the history of 'The Legend of Takitimu'. The waka is a taonga to the Central Southland community, and was created after six months of work under the guidance of carver Oti Murray from the Te Taonga Mauri Cultural Trust, with help from many of the children's parents, and Central Southland College student Manaia Taki.

Winton Kindergarten teacher Christina Vaughan said it was about a month ago when the children attended a Winton Community Board meeting to share their story and their idea for the artwork.

"This was in a room full of adults we hadn't seen before. It was so amazing to see the kids get up and speak in front of a group of strangers and tell our story."

Although they were not asking for financial support, the Winton Community Board gave Winton Kindergarten some funding to help the project go "full steam ahead", she said.

After selecting a tree trunk they wanted to use for the waka, 11 of the team from the Winton Volunteer Fire Brigade helped move the trunk to the kindergarten so that they could work on it at their rooms.

"The carving day was such a special day; CSC came down with their Kapa Haka students.

"It was so fabulous."

The carving, which was painted by the pupils, features 51 ripples to signify the children, staff and carvers who worked on the waka, as well as three rogue waves which overturned the waka, and mountains.

On Wednesday, July 4 the waka was unveiled on part of Winton's walking track behind Central Southland College where there is a clear view of the Takitimu mountains.

A couple of QR codes have been printed on the sign underneath the waka for people to get more information on the Legend of Takitimu and how the kindergarten undertook the project.


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