It is the intent of the Te Aitanga a Hauiti leadership and the Te Ahikā Committee to remember the ancestor Hingangaroa in a poupou whakairo (carved image) tribute. Hingangaroa will once again stand with his whānau and his children to inspire Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti and visitors to the marae and Ūawa with the legacy of knowledge, artistic excellence, creativity and innovation. Ka tipu tonu te whaihanga ki Ūawa. The carved Hingangaroa tribute will be unveiled in 2019.
The community need is to complete the Uawa community with all ancestral poupou whakairo to reflect the rich legacy and strong lineage within Te Aitanga a Hauiti. At the moment, the kura wānanga o Te Rāwheoro and Tolaga Bay Area School & Kahukuranui are hoping to restore traditional practices. With the poupou whakairo of Hingangaroa, we hope to honour the past ancestor and ensure he is continued to be incorporated in the contemporary culture, language, identity of the modern Uawa community.
We acknowledge the generosity of Toi Māori, who have overseen that these two tipuna, Hingangaroa and Iranui, be returned to their kaenga. We also acknowledge Chorus, who have provided the site in the main street of Uawa to showcase these pou. We also acknowledge the expertise of tohunga Mark Kopua and Jack Brooking, and kaiwhakairo Boydie Te Nahu and Rakai Rewharewha. Tolaga Bay Area School & Kahukuranui and Kingsbeer Architecture have been instrumental to the success of this project. Nga mihi ki a koutou katoa.
The whakairo will be unveiled on 10am 20 March 2019 at 27 Cook Street (main street), Tolaga Bay.