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New space for Otangarei playground

This page contains information about the new space at the Otangarei Playground.
Updated: 27/06/2018 8:41 a.m.

A minor deluge prior to the ground blessing for the new Otangarei playground was a good sign as mentioned by local tohunga Thomas Rauahi, who conducted the blessing on behalf of the Otangarei community.

A small number of community representatives were present to witness the laying of a korowai wairua (spiritual cloak) for the area where the new playground is to be erected and a protection of all the works that is about to start. Council’s Māori Engagement Officer Andre Hemara and Māori Relationships Manager Aperahama Edwards helped with the event. 

“This new space will be a welcomed attraction to the community and provide a much-needed interactive playground for the tamariki, who were the instigators for this idea back in 2013,” said Mr Hemara.

“The Otangarei community should be proud of their efforts to date with great initiatives such as the walking track, waharoa by the shops, new playground and other positive projects in the near future.” 

Her Worship the Mayor spoke of the foresight and dedication of the community that allowed this kaupapa to come to fruition and was honoured to have been part of the ceremony.



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