Korimako Lane Opened
Saturday, December 08, 2018
Hāwera’s second town centre revitalisation project, Korimako Lane, was officially opened on Saturday (8 December) by South Taranaki Mayor Ross Dunlop in front of a large crowd.The new laneway, which was opened as part of Hāwera’s Christmas street festival, replaced an empty building and dimly lit arcade with a modern, attractive pedestrian thoroughfare (from High Street to the Napier Street Carpark) and two new retail spaces.
Crowds packed the site as Ngati Ruanui kuia, Mahuri Tipene began the ceremony with a karanga followed by a blessing from Kaumatua Turangapito (Sandy) Parata before the Mayor cut the ribbon and officially declared the Lane open.
A sculpture by award winning Oakura sculptor Steve Malloy, which sits prominently in the new laneway, was also unveiled. ‘Wings of Korimako’ is made from Brazilian Granite, which represents the world, Timaru Bluestone which represents the South Island and Taranaki Andesite representing the North Island.
Mayor Dunlop says the sculpture was a perfect fit for the new laneway. “You can go anywhere with wings, but your roots will always be in Taranaki.”
The celebration concluded with entertainment from South Taranaki kapa haka group Te Kotahitanga.