Group delighted with carving

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Wanting to mark the rejuvenation of a wetlands and acknowledging the history of those who once accessed them for food is behind the Duntroon community’s latest installation.
At the entrance to the Duntroon Wetland now stands a carved gateway built from macrocarpa and totara with two Maori figures at the head of the entrance supported on either side by carvings of the native tuna (eel) and introduced trout.
Duntroon and District Development Association treasurer Mike Gray said his group was delighted with the carving by Picton artist Pedro Rua Lagan.
Mr Gray said the group struggled to finda carver in the area, but once they saw Mr Lagan’s carved trees at Oamaru’s Friendly Bay playground, they decided that was the person they wanted on their project. ‘‘We thought ‘that’s what we’re looking for’.’’ He said the community had worked on the wetlands ‘‘for years’’ and the area now attracted green frogs as well as tuna and other fish species. The location was once accessed by early Maori and Europeans and used as a food bowl, he said.
Given how important the area was, the association wanted to mark its significance.
The entrance way was officially opened on October 8 and blessed by Waitaha Trust chairwoman Anne Te Maiharoa­-Dodds.