Nau mai! to Te Puna Wai.
This exciting new Papakāinga community in Wainui-o-mata is by uri, for uri and will be a special place to live - with options for first home buyers, down-sizers, renters, kaumātua and investors. If you whakapapa to Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika (Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust) and are a registered member, you are warmly welcomed to get involved. Register here
Something for all.
A papakāinga community that will be a special place to live: with options for First Home buyers, renters, Kaumatua, downsizers, and those who need a bit of help to get their deposit together.
A place that's uniquely Taranaki Whanui
Te Puna Wai will very definitely a place to call home for Taranaki Whanui, thanks to the skilled talent of local artist Len Hetet (Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Apa). Hetet has created designs for the impressive entrance, which features a seven-metre high Pou: incorporating both traditional carving and twenty-first century manufacturing technology.
The pou design acknowledges Te Whiti-o-Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi who are notable prophets and tipuna of Taranaki and incorporates a modern interpretation of the three raukura feathers which are fashioned out of steel. The pou represents faith, hope, and compassion for all of mankind and confirms Taranaki whanui as mana whenua.
Flanking the Pou is a carved rock sculpture showcasing the Te Puna Wai logo, which itself was created to reflect the tears of Ranginui falling upon Papatuanuku - creating the lifeforce of tangaroa from which man draws sustenance.
The entrance way sculptures will be lit at night to highlight these impressive artworks and to create a warm welcoming feeling to Te Puna Wai.
All about the details.
Beyond the entrance, Maori culture and mana whenua feature in the actual architecture and landscaping: from designs for pedestrian crossings, roading and signage through to fence panels.
Every Te Puna Wai whare has the option of including some Maori design details (Taranaki style) on the letterbox, a feature light next to the front door and design elements for some of the street frontage windows.