History reflected as carvings blessed

Date published: December 14, 2012 at 11:16 am | Comments

An early morning start at Kawerau Intermediate today (14/12/12), where four carvings outside the school and more inside have been blessed in preparation for moving.

The school may be closing but the carvings won’t be lost – a dawn ceremony’s taken place ahead of their transfer to the current College grounds where they’ll stand proud at the new Tarawera High School.

Former woodwork teacher, Bob Rowlands explains when he arrived at the school in 1974, under Maori school principal Fred Leonard, he looked at the stage in the school hall and thought it needed to be carved like the outside of a meeting house.

He suggested it to Mr Leonard, who was ‘delighted’ with the idea.

He explains it took nearly two years to research the carvings before starting, because they wanted to depict local legends.

Mr Rowlands explains there’s a crew coming in this morning to take them down and they’ll be stored at Kawerau Enterprise Agency.

He’s going to measure the stage very carefully, then when they build the new assembly hall at the new high school, principal Helen Tuhoro will make them build the stage the same size.

When it’s finished, the carvings will be erected there.

Source: 1XX FM