|Tohu Whenua placed on the land
On Sunday 11th September 2016, our community protest / family day saw more than 200 supporters join SOUL to install a massive Tohu Whenua / Land Marker at the centre of the contested land.
Made of large concrete blocks, the installation forms the outer walls of a whare in progress.
A pohutukawa pou whenua was also erected and blessed. The pou symbolises the ongoing presence of mana whenua on this land over the past 800 years.
Artists, including Amiria Puia-Taylor, Aroha Gossage, Onesian Allen, Cee Fiahau, Clyde Te Wahi, Neville Rakena, Joan Corbett, Bonnie Te Wake, Tam and Whiro and the Painting for the People team, created images of the land and its guardians on the blocks.
This substantial artwork begins an education project on the site.
"The intention is to add progressively to the emerging structure. It will tell the story of the land and why SOUL is fighting to protect it from development," says Pania Newton of SOUL.
Read more on the day’s activities here: