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Te Awanui Whanui is unveiled ….. Flanking the Huruhuru creek, on a full tide, and under a blue sky,  a gathering of adults, children and babies witnessed the official opening of the nine Pou Whenua, which were blessed earlier in the day at dawn. Welcomed by councillor Alf Filipaina and our local board chair Vanessa Neeson, the meaning of the pou and their relevance to the people of Massey were explained by kaumatua Fred Holloway, whaea Awa Hudson, the artist Whare Thompson and project coordinator for public art, Kim Martinengo.  The speakers were honoured with waiata provided by students from the nearby Lincoln Heights school.   This artwork is part of the ‘legacy’ projects from Waitakere City Council, and sits alongside the recently developed cycleway on Triangle Road and bridge.  Both these projects involved many people and organisations, including the input from residents through a series of community consultations.   The pou provide a gateway to Massey and to the Huruhuru environment.  The pou remind us of the guardianship and protection provided by our ancestors, and the roles and responsibilities we have today to carry on this tradition.  As Kim explained that art in public places helps to connect communities and strengthen pride in place.  The two large waka forms are of Rangi and Papa and the posts that flank these on either side of the stream remind us of the early settlers and leaders of Massey who have prepared a way for us. On behalf of Massey Matters, Back 2 Back assisted with coordinating some of the community input over several months. Bridging East and West ….. Another major piece of infrastructure being undertaken for the people of Massey is the Westgate Pedestrian and Cycle bridge.   Auckland Transport and the NZ Transport Agency are building this bridge across SH16 and close to the vicinity where some people crossed the motorway in the past, either through the water tunnel underneath or illegally across the top.  Input from the community has been ongoing for some years, especially since the tragic death of a young boy who fatally crossed the lanes.  Evidence of the bridge construction can now be seen on Oriel Avenue, where the large pine trees have been felled in preparation for the eastern entranceway to link up with the Manutewhau walkway.  Back 2 Back continues to work with local residents ensuring their input into the accessibility, safe use and aesthetics of the bridge. The Starling Community News is a small partnering project with the Neighbourhood Policing Team in Birdwood, Neighbourhood Support, Sport Waitakere, Ranui Community House and Back 2 Back.  The NP Team have completed a resident survey in many of Birdwood’s streets and are keen to find a way to inform neighbours that something is being done as a result of their talking with the Police.  The regular monthly newsletter will hopefully serve this purpose as well as link with the work of other contributing organisations

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