Te Maia Hōkioi signage

Organisation or Group Requesting Funds
Contact Person
Barry Chalmers
Email Address
What do you want funding for?
We are applying for the remaining funds needed to complete our Te Maia and Hōkioi project due to unforeseen costs (LINZ land use charges and public liability Insurance fees) for installing our sculpture.

We are planning to provide three information panels on site adjacent to the sculpture to enhance the visitor experience of Te Maia and the Hōkioi. The Information will include:
Details about NZ mega fauna and the geology of the area
The local maori Kahurangi legend of Te Maia and the Hōkioi
The story of the local history connection about the Hōkioi/Haast Eagle and the bones found in the Honey Comb Caves just up the road
Signage will include acknowledgements and logos from our supporters etc

We are also applying for a weedeater for KEEP volunteers to maintain the area around the sculpture, and for use in areas such as the Estuary walk which is also maintained by volunteers.
How does this relate to our community plan?
KEEP (Karamea Estuary Enhancement Project) is a well established community-led group in Karamea, support for which has featured on the Community Plan for the past 4 years, with local volunteers regularly attending working bees for over a decade. This signage will complete the successful Hōkioi and Te Maia sculpture project and inform locals and visitors alike.
What is the start date / what is the end date?
Where will the benefit of this grant request be realised?
Karamea and Little Wanganui
What are the expected benefits/outcomes?
Since installation the sculpture has garnered huge support from locals and visitors alike, with local cave tour guides now stopping there as a part of their tour.

We anticipate the signage will enhance the visitor experience and display professionally laid out pictures and information.

The sculpture has now been linked with the planned Pounamu Pathway, so this will attract more visitors to the area, who we hope will stay longer and make the most of the many offerings we provide for tourists.

There is potential to link into digital tourism as a site to visit in the future, we already feature on Google Maps.

It is worth noting that the location of the sculpture was deliberately placed between the two separate settlements of Karamea/Market Cross in a bid to draw them together physically and energetically. As a community we are working with the School to create a community garden adjacent to the sculpture for everyone to enjoy - this plan has formed since we installed the sculpture and tidied up and planted natives around the pond it is in front of. The sculpture has provoked a sense of pride in our community.
Briefly describe your project or planned activities
We will produce 3 information panels designed and produced by a professional Graphic designer/printer using information sourced from a wealth of local knowledge, iwi input, research and written history.

The signs will be printed on appropriate materials to endure our Karamea weather, and be installed adjacent to the Te Maia and Hōkioi sculpture.

We are already working with Buller District Council on resource consent for the signs, (see attached supporting document).

The weedeater will be regularly used by a rotating team of volunteers to maintain the grass around the Hōkioi sculpture and Karamea Estuary. So far we’ve been using our personal lawnmowers which are hard to lift in and out of the trailer, heavy to operate and increasingly expensive to maintain.
How will you show you have achieved it?
The signs will be erected and the event will be supported with a Chronicle article and information on our local website karamea.nz.
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What is the total grant you are requesting, exclusive of GST?
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Karamea community members are invited to leave comments in support (or otherwise) of this proposed community-led development project. Comments will be visible to all. Please be aware that your comment may factor into Department of Internal Affairs decision-making regarding support for the project. We ask that you provide your real name on your comment, so that other community members may follow up with you, if needed. If you prefer, you may email the Karamea Community Incorporated secretary cbjones@farmside.co.nz with your comment, and they will post your comment on your behalf.