Korimako Lane Opening
Wednesday 5 December
Now the barriers have been opened up and we can see the finishing touches being added to Hāwera’s newest High Street lane, there is a growing sense of anticipation for the opening of Korimako Lane on Saturday 8 December.
A ribbon cutting, cake cutting and unveiling of a commissioned art work will be the part of the programme starting at 11.30am.
“The official opening will be held on the same day as the Bizlink Christmas Parade so come into town, stay for lunch and enjoy a day of celebration,” says Mayor Ross Dunlop.
Korimako Lane is a another project in the Hāwera Town Centre Strategy which, among other goals, seeks to address the need for public spaces (including greenspace) and improve connections between High Street shopping and car parks.
“An empty building and dimly lit walkway has been demolished to make way for a modern, airy thoroughfare which will include retail spaces with attractive landscaping and seating outside,” he says.
Korimako (or Bellbird) has cultural significance to local iwi and particularly to Ngati Ruanui as local mana whenua. The bird is very common in South Taranaki and local iwi acknowledge the korimako as an important messenger to them and will liken a great orator to the bird. Kaumatua speak of those gifted in the art of speech as “like a bellbird pealing at daybreak”.