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Paraparaumu Transport Hub bus shelters
Join us on a creative journey at the heart of Paraparaumu, where art and transportation seamlessly merge. Collaborating with the visionary artist Miriama Grace, and the innovative designers at Metlink, we are thrilled to introduce you to the captivating world of our new bus shelters at the Paraparaumu Transport Hub. These shelters are not just functional structures; they are vibrant canvases that tell the compelling story of our community through the eyes and talent of a local artist. Step inside to explore the artistry, culture, and inspiration that have transformed ordinary bus stops into extraordinary spaces.
Artist: Miriama Grace-Smith (Ngāti Hau, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Toarangatira and Ngāti Porou), commissioned by the Kāpiti Coast District Public Art Panel and supported by GWRC/Metlink. Miriama has strong connections to the Kāpiti Coast District and brings her whakapapa to her artistic interpretation of Kāpiti stories | Ringatoi: Miriama Grace-Smith (Ngāti Hau, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Toarangatira, me Ngāti Porou), he mea kōmihana nā te Kāpiti Coast District Public Art Panel, e tautokohia ana e GWRC/ Metlink. E kaha ana ngā hononga o Miriama ki te rohe o Kāpiti, ā, ka whakaarihia mai ōna whakapapa i āna mahi toi mō ngā kōrero o Kāpiti
The story behind the design
These images depict key elements of the Kāpiti environment and show our tūpuna (ancestors) engaging with the whenua (land), moana (sea) and awa (rivers). Te Rā (the sun) is shining across the Whenua and the Tararua Ranges as manu (birds) soar above native bush and wetlands. People are gathering harakeke (flax) and planting new native plants. They’re flying manu tukutuku (kites) in the sky and dancing in the sunshine.
E whakakitea ana i ngā whakaahua nei ngā tino whaitua o te taiao o Kāpiti, me ō mātou tūpuna e mahi tahi ana ki te whenua, ki te moana, ki te awa. E whiti ana Te Rā ki te whenua me te pae maunga o Tararua, i ngā manu e topa ana i runga ake i te ngahere me ngā repo. E kohi harakeke ana ngā tāngata, ā, e whakatō ana i ngā tupu māori hou. E rere ana ngā manu tukutuku ki te rangi, e kanikani ana i ngā hīhī o te rā.