Te Puna Wai Master Plan
The former Wainui-o-mata College/Intermediate site has gone through a major master planning design phase. Below is a plan and for the entire development, but it will be completed in stages. Stage 1 is already committed - thanks to a sizable crown grant for infrastructure works and a contribution towards the kaumātua units. Stages 2 & 3 are currently undergoing detailed design for consent.
BELOW: AERIAL IMAGE OF STAGE 1 DEVELOPMENT WORKS
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 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.
Beyond the entrance, Maori culture and mana whenua are in the actual architecture and landscape: from designs for pedestrian crossings, roading and signage through to fence panels.
In addition, every Te Puna Wai whare will also have the option of featuring Maori design details (Taranaki style) on the letterbox, a feature light next to the front door and some of the street frontage windows.