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Tory (north) entry
Tory (south) entry
Temporary road closures
around Courtenay Place
and the stadium on
Saturday 8 October and
Sunday 9 October
For more information check out
Wellington.govt.nz or call 499 4444.
Quarter-finals weekend road closures
• Road closures around Courtenay Live Site
FANZONE from 4am Saturday until 6am Monday.
• Road closures around the stadium from 4--9pm
on both Saturday and Sunday -- see our website
• Parking restrictions will be in place all weekend
at Courtenay Live Site FANZONE and from 2pm
around the stadium on both Saturday and Sunday.
• Plan your trip ahead if driving in these areas.
• Get to the matches or FANZONES early and
take public transport where possible -- see
metlink.org.nz for details.
• Buses will be detoured around Courtenay Place
and will run as normal around the stadium.
• Pedestrians can access all areas.
Fenced event site (road closed)
First Aid base
COURTENAY LIVE SITE Saturday 8 October--Sunday 9 October 2011
Tawa Pool makeover
By DAVID DUNN
Tawa Pool will close on Monday for several
months for repairs and maintenance.
When it reopens next April it will have a
new insulated and acoustically designed
roof. The pool shuts for upgrades every five
Pool manager Shaun Pallett said the roof
was not properly insulated, and needed to
At the moment the roof is not very
energy efficient, so we re putting in a new
roof that will enable us to keep the heat
inside the facility, and not spend as much
on heating, he said.
The new roof would also have an acoustic
ceiling, designed to cut down on noise
inside the pool area, he said.
With pools, the noise will bounce off the
water and then bounce off the roof, but the
acoustic ceiling will help us to keep those
noise levels down.
While the pool is closed, regular mainten-
ance on windows, tiles, pumps, motors and
pipes will be carried out. The facility will
also be repainted and access to the mezza-
nine area access will be improved.
Waka a golden
Indigenous artisans: Whitireia Polytechnic carving tutor James Molnar, foreground, with
carvers, from left, Nathan Reir, Terence Deverall, Arama Wineera, Crane Amaru and Jason
Reynolds. Behind them is the waka tete they carved and in the background, the waka taua.
Photo: JIM CHIPP
By JIM CHIPP
An unseemly squabble over ownership of a
waka became a rare opportunity for
Whitireia Polytechnic carving students.
When the waka, intended to be housed in
Wellington s wharewaka, was retained at
Waiwhetu, Whitireia whakairo (carving
tutor) James Molnar and his graduating
class of students were commissioned to
carve two new ones for the waterfront
The dispute ended when the Wellington
Tenths Trust opted to fund one of the two
The students carved two craft, one a
wakatete, which traditionally can be
paddled by either men or women.
This is is a fishing waka, this would be
mundane stuff, said Mr Molnar.
The other is a waka taua or war canoe,
traditionally paddled only by men.
This would be, We re on a mission here .
It s a different head-space, he said.
The students travelled to Northland five
times to work on the two waka and spent
about 500 man-hours working on them each
trip, he said.
The trees were about 700 years old and
had lain in the swamp for another 3000
The carving is mostly in the Taranaki
style of Te Atiawa, with some detailing in
Ngati Koho style to acknowledge the source
of the trees.
Mr Molnar said the carvers received a
koha for the two waka, covering the costs of
the trips to Northland and food.
I wouldn t call it substantial, but the
experience was priceless.
preserved behind glass
Wellington City Council commissioned a
14.5-metre waka, Te Raukura, in 1989
for use in the city s sesquicentenary
celebrations and it was carved under the
supervision of Waiwhetu carver Rangi
However, it deteriorated badly in the
care of the council and was returned to
Waiwhetu for restoration.
When Wellington s $12.5 million
wharewaka was completed, the Welling-
ton Tenths Trust demanded a say in the
care of the waka before it would return it
to the council.
The dispute was resolved by the
Tenths Trust retaining Te Raukura in
Waiwhetu and making a cash settlement
to the council, which funded one of the
two new waka for the wharewaka. The
second one was paid for by the New Zea-
land Community Trust.
The building is closed to the public, but
was designed for the waka to be seen
from the outside through the windows.
However, two of the three glass sides
are blocked by hospitality tents and
tables during the Rugby World Cup.
Wellington City Council spokesman
Richard MacLean said the care of the
waka was the responsibility of the Wel-
lington Tenths Trust.
Whether they let people go in and
touch it is up to the owners of the build-
ing, he said.
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