Local rūnanga have gifted the name Taiora to the new recreation and sport centre at Queen Elizabeth II Park. Read more at Newsline.
Please note: The Council wishes to clarify that fees paid to Matapopore for cultural advice on the new $38.6 million QEII Park Recreation and Sport Centre do not include payment for the name Taiora.
The work Matapopore has been engaged in on the new QEII facility – conducted over the past 12 months at a cost of $18,800 – includes historical research, the writing of a cultural narrative and cultural context maps used to inspire the interior design, and work towards an animated digital panel that will feature community and ecological stories, including one about Ngāi Tūāhuriri. The fee also included collaboration with the building designers on a facade feature panel that reflects the cultural narrative and ecology of the area, and research on appropriate names for rooms within the facility.
There was no charge for the name of the facility itself, Taiora, which was suggested following the research Matapopore undertook for the development as a whole.