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Ngā Ara Tipuna

Yesterday, today and tomorrow: Ngā Ara Tipuna brings to life the stories of Tamatea

About Ngā Ara Tipuna    

Learnings from the past, appreciation of the present, and hope for the future; all these are evoked by Ngā Ara Tipuna, a history trail sharing the stories of the people of Tamatea – Central Hawke’s Bay.


Who had been involved?

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Ngā Ara Tipuna is a partnership between Tamatea Hapū, Te Taiwhenua o Tamatea and Central Hawke’s Bay District Council. Award winning ‘place-based storytellers’ Locales have been engaged to manage and deliver the project. A governance entity (Charitable Trust) has been established to have ultimate ownership of the assets when they are created.

What is the plan for the future?

The project will look to connect to other pa and historic sites in the district. The project team will also look to develop cultural tours and experiences for locals and visitors alike to experience the sites, although many of the places will be free to explore at any time and have digital content for you to view on your phone.

Ngā Ara Tipuna will be a cultural and education treasure that the people of Tamatea/Central Hawke’s Bay can be proud of. It will showcase our shared history and stories, and provide a place to share these stories with visitors to the district, as well as providing a valuable resource for teachers and students. This project is just the beginning in how we as a district tell and share our unique and vibrant history.

From the very beginning

Read more about how the project started and came to life 

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The total project cost for this first phase of the project was $3.8 Million. We secured $2.9 Million from the Provincial Growth Fund and would like to thank our generous sponsors: 

  • The Provincial Growth Fund - $2,902,764Nga area tipuna 2
  • Central Hawke's Bay District Council - $225,000
  • Major Funders Lottery Environment and Heritage Fund - $400,000
  • Eastern and Central Community Trust - $210,000
  • Heretaunga - Tamatea Settlement Trust - $100,000
  • Community Funders Centralines - $25,000
  • Stout Trust (Perpetual Guardian) - $20,000
  • CHB Promotions - $20,000
  • Locales - $10,000

Total cost of the project: $3,813,167

Find out more about the project here




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