Today was a big day on the BGI construction site as the 11-metre tall totara Pou was installed. The tree, gifted by Peter Benner and his wife Kerry has been transformed by Timu and carver Ihaia Puketapu and now boasts the magnificent Maori depiction of the 130+ year history of the Wellington youth organisation.
This Pou tokomanawa, traditionally the centre pole of a whare (meeting house) tells the story of the iwi (house). This symbolic heart of the structure welcomes young people and their whanau (family) to BGI and inspires future generations.
See the images below for the events of the day and watch out for a feature on Maori TV at 8:30pm on November 2nd.
Click here to see the project : link
Mangopare boys performed a moving haka.