Local art, local message – OurAuckland

Artist and Tāmaki resident, Chantel Matthews-Perawiti, has combined art and community, to raise awareness of the plight and nurture a sense of connection to the waterways of Glen Innes.

Chantel created Ko Au Ko Koe, Ko Koe Ko Au, a steel sculpture symbolizing three wāhine that stand like kaitiaki with detailed hand-woven marine rope created by local Ko Tou Rourou weavers led by Karen Nathan and joined by Jamie Te Huia Cowell.

Pou ora is about bringing our waterways to life and gaining community support. The Pou will be held in the Maybury Reserve to draw attention to the condition of the local waterways in Tāmaki, in particular the Ōmaru stream which runs through the reserve.

Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Council Chairperson Maria Meredith says, “It’s important that the community feels connected to local water quality issues.”

“We will all have to work together if we want waterways like Ōmaru Creek to get clean and flowing again.”

This is a project funded by Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Council and Tāmaki Regeneration.

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