6 Sep 2012

New Plymouth panels to promote Maori landmarks

6:57 pm on 6 September 2012

A series of panels identifying significant Maori sites prior to European settlement have been put up near New Plymouth's popular coastal walkway.

The project, called Te Ara Puawai (the pathway to enlightenment), aims to promote forgotten Maori landmarks.

The large interpretative signs on the Te Henui walkway unveiled in a dawn ceremony on Thursday are the first in a series explaining historic Maori sites and the stories behind the place names.

Project co-ordinator Amokura Panoho says many important sites around New Plymouth are in danger of being lost or forgotten and this is a way of keeping them alive.

She says more panels will be added to the city's walking tracks and it is hoped a guided tour of the route will be developed.

The project is overseen by the local hapu Ngati Te Whiti and is a collaboration with Venture Taranaki, Tui Ora, and the New Plymouth District Council.