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Degraded pa site saw significant event
By PETER HIDE
SAD SIGHT: Ken Marsh points out the
damage to the observation platform at
DAMAGE AND decay at Kaiapoi Pa
has annoyed a former Department of
Maori Affairs staffer who has taken
a lot of interest in the historic site
between Waikuku and Pegasus.
The white column that has mar-
ked the pa's significance since 1898
has been beheaded, the steps to the
observation platform removed, and
the legs of the platform sawn
through by vandals.
Rangiora's Ken Marsh, who used
to work for the Department of Maori
Affairs, said the pa site was full of
history that was being ignored.
Kaiapoi Pa was the first great
site established by Ngai Tahu after
the tribe came down from the
It was built about 1700, and at the
time of Te Rauparaha's sacking, it
had a population of about 1000.
It was thought to be impregnable,
with its palisades and ditches, and
surrounded by swampy lagoons on
However, Te Rauparaha of Ngati
Toa destroyed Ngai Tahu's ancestral
base here in 1832 and Kaiapoi Pa
has been unoccupied ever since.
I doubt if many North Canterbury
people realise the significance of this
place,'' Mr Marsh said.
We are sitting on history and
nobody has done anything about
It is a sight that the upoku
rununga (head of marae) Rakiihia
Tau laments as well, but said was
Work in the past has been done
voluntarily by Mr Tau, but he is
no longer able to keep up with
The wheku -- or carved Maori fig-
ure on top of the white column -- had
to be taken down because of damage
from the earthquakes, but was on
display in Christchurch now, Mr
Steps to the observation platform
-- provided by the Woodend Lions --
were taken down because they were
no longer safe.
We've developed a plan, but it
would cost a lot,'' Mr Tau said.
We have to live on a prayer and
hope that something good will
He was grateful for help that the
Lions club and people from Ngai
Tahu gave, but vandals still came in
and did damage.
They had also tried to remove the
honesty box put there for donations
from the public.
How do you fix it up?'' Mr Tau
asked. It's been the same for 40
years -- all the time I've been a one-
man band working there.''
Hub plan will
SIDE BY SIDE: Cr Peter Allen would like to see a community hub built beside the
health hub on the Rangiora Hospital site.
By CATE BROUGHTON
organisations would benefit from
being in a purpose built community
hub'' on the same site as the
Rangiora health hub, says a
Waimakariri District councillor.
Peter Allen, who has the
community development portfolio, is
organising a public meeting next
week to discuss the idea and gauge
interest in it.
He said his awareness of the
challenges that community organis-
ations faced prompted the meeting.
I've seen a number of organis-
ations that have struggled in some
way or another.
They haven't been able to find
accommodation, financial support to
run their organisation, places to
meet, even money for photocopying.''
Mr Allen said the community hub
model had been highly successful in
Christchurch, with Community
House -- now based in Tuam St --
housing a variety of organisations
under the same roof.
With the planning of the Rangiora
health hub under way, now was the
time to discuss the community hub
concept, he said.
If we don't raise it now, we might
The concept would make use of
CDHB land and would mean com-
munity hub clients could easily
access health hub services too.
Funding for a building would need
to be addressed, and the council had
not committed to the project at this
stage, Mr Allen said.
I think there would be an advan-
tage in being together to share over-
It's always a struggle to pay the
day-to-day expenses for those
The public meeting to discuss the
idea will take place on Wednesday,
May 22, from 5 till 7pm, at the council
chambers in High St, Rangiora.
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