Te Waka Tūhono is a new image appearing on hoardings around the CRL worksites.
This waka train represents the connection of traditional knowledge with today’s technology, the sharing of stories that have influenced design and the journey that has resulted.
It’s the image for the CRL’s social outcomes strategy, under development, which aims to improve the social wellbeing of Auckland’s people as well as its transport options.
The Waka Train story
CRL’s social development advisor Berenize Peita authored the project’s social outcomes strategy. Prior to joining the team, she represented her iwi Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua at the CRL Mana Whenua Forum.
For the strategy, Berenize was looking for an image that represented her Māori world view and her current work environment. She enlisted the help of CRL graphic designer Geoff Fitzpatrick to give her ideas some substance.
Geoff said that he was immediately captivated by the idea and used his passion for design to take a picture that existed only in someone’s imagination and translate it into something tangible.
He also worked with artist Maaka Potini of Ngāti Tamaoho to include his original design for the taurapa (stern of the waka).
The Mana Whenua forum said the taurapa acknowledged the great fleet that brought Māori to New Zealand and the manaia (stylised figure) at the top is a tribute to all of the tōhunga (specialists in esoteric knowledge) that were aboard.
The tangata (person) below represents the captains. The two manaia at the bottom of the taurapa are the kaitiaki (guardians) that helped to protect the people and the waka. Maaka connects these attributes to those who schedule, drive and crew the trains.
“For me the image represents the past, present and future. Where Britomart stands now used to be water and the image depicts the change from a traditional waka to a modern equivalent - a train,” said Berenize.
Te Kōrero Waka Tūhono
Nā te kaitohutohu whakawhanake pāpori na Berenize Peita i waituhi te rautaki tokonga hua a pāpori a te kaupapa. I mua i tana urunga mai ki te tira, he Māngai ia mo tāna iwi o Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua i runga i te Wānanga Mana Whenua a te CRL.
Mo te rautaki i kimi āhua a Berenize hei tauira i tana tirohanga a Māori ki te ao me te ao o te wāhi e mahi nei ia, ka whakapa atu ia ki te kaihoahoa whakairoiro a te CRL ki a Geoff Fitzpatrick, hei whakatinana i ana whakaaro.
He ai ki a Geoff mau tonu ake tōna whatumanawa i taua whakaaro ka whakapau ia i ona pukenga hoahoa ki te kapo atu i te āhua i roto kau i te tokonga whakaaro o tētahi atu hei whakatinanatanga māna.
I mahi tahi hoki ia me Maaka Pōtini o Ngāti Tamaoho me tāna whakairo taurapa waka motuhake.
He ai ki te wānanga Mana Whenua he whakatairanga ta te taurapa i te whakaheke nui a ngā waka i kawea mai ai te Māori ki Aotearoa, ko te tohu manaia i runga he whakamānawa ki ngā tohunga katoa o runga i aua waka.
Ko te tangata i raro he whakairo mo ngā kaiurungi i aua waka. Ko ngā manaia i te putu o te taurapa ko ngā kaitiaki i tū ārai mō te iwi i runga i aua waka. I tūhonotia e Maaka aua huanga ki te hunga whakarite wātaka, kaitaraiwa, hei kaimahi ināianei o runga i ngā tereina.
“Ki āhau e whakaahuatia mai ana e te tohu nei ngā rā ōnamata, o ināianei me apōpō. He wai i mua i te wāhi e tū nei a Britomart, ko ta te whakaahua mai ko te takahurihanga mai i te ao waka tūpuna ki tōna ritenga i ēnei ra – o te tereina,” hei ta Berenize.