Saturday, 22 January 2011

Warrington Reserve Group: Information Kiosk Design

By Karen Hobday

It's here! The design for the long awaited information kiosk at Warrington Domain. It is a collaboration between Warrington Reserve Group (WRG) and Kati Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki. We are looking to include notice boards with information panels on our natural environment by written by Portobello Aquarium, DCC, DOC, WRG, and on cultural history by the Runaka. The kiosk will be situated near the playground, to be seen by as many people as possible. This site was chosen in 2007 by community consultation.

The structure was designed by Derek Onley, adding a creative twist to the standard DCC sign. He was inspired by things he has seen in the UK and by pou at Pa Harakeke, in Orokanui Eco-sanctuary and carving/fencing at Puketeraki Marae, in Karitane. We met on-site with members of Kati Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki, Brendon and Suzi Flack, to see if they would be interested in being involved. They introduced us to Waitati Carver Alex Whitaker, who added to the final design, including the detail for carvings. Alex plans to start the carving this month.

The Dunedin City Council has provided funding through Creative NZ, Creative Communities Scheme; Community Grant Scheme, and funds from Telecom. We are also applying to Waikouaiti Coast Community Board.

If you have any questions or feedback, please phone Karen Hobday 482 2762

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