Thursday 17 November 2016, 09:07AM
Media release from Wairarapa DHB
Wairarapa Hospital will soon be adorned by a set of carvings gifted by the Ministry of Health and the Wairarapa public is warmly invited to participate in the occasion.
A special ceremony acknowledging the significance of the carvings and connecting them to the Hospital will take place early this Saturday morning. Rangitāne kaumātua Mike Kawana says, “It has been a long held ambition of Wairarapa iwi to have carvings on the Hospital so this will be a special moment for us all.”
The carvings were first commissioned in the 1980/90s by the Ministry of Health and have adorned its Head Office in Wellington. The head carver was a Wairarapa man, Takirirangi Smith.Earlier this year the Ministry made an offer via the Chair of Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa to have these returned to Wairarapa. The carvings will be placed at the main entrances and throughout the hospital.
Current Chair of the Wairarapa District Health Board, Derek Milne, is delighted to be part of the ceremony that again highlights the partnership between the DHB and local iwi. “We are thrilled to receive this gift from the Ministry and acknowledge the role that Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa had in securing their return. These carvings have a strong connection to the Wairarapa and we are proud to welcome them to our hospital for everyone to enjoy.”
Those wanting to attend the ceremony are asked to assemble outside the main hospital entrance from 7.45am this Saturday 19 November. The blessing will begin at 8am.
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