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.
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.
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.