What started as a project for the Polyfest Art Exhibition turned into a creative journey and a real community collaboration.
The theme of Polyfest was story telling and Winton Kindergarten wanted to retell the legend of Takitimu. The tamariki researched and learned about the legend and talked about the best way to retell what they had learned. From this the idea of an art installation to artistically represent the upturned Takitimu Waka was born.
This led the tamariki into their community to find a spot for the waka, to meetings with the local school and local Council to get permission for the waka to be installed and to finding the person to help create and carve the waka.
The end result of the mahi and passion of the tamariki, whanau, teaching team and the community getting behind the project is this beautiful "Takitimu Waka" that is installed at the local Ivy Russell Reserve in Winton.
Winton Kindergarten were also awarded the Kaitiaki Award at the Murihiku Maori and Pasifika Cultural Trust Polyfest 2018.
Well done to the tamariki, teachers, whānau and community of Winton for taking this journey and providing this special taonga for all those who live under the majestic Takitimu Mountains.