Blessing of Panels 13 December 2010

Sisters and staff gathered at Mt St Joseph on 13 December to welcome Lady Martha Taiaroa and members of her whanau for the installation of a very special tukutuku panel in the Quiet Room there.  Sisters Rita Cahill and Margaret Louisson had also travelled from Taumaranui to be with the Taiaroa whanau and Sisters.

Following the opening korero from Kaumatua Morvin Simon, Sister Noelene Landrigan spoke of the rakau korero of the Sisters.  This carving in the Quiet Room by Dean Flavell captured the on-going links of the sisters with Whanganui Iwi – Te Atihaunui a Paparangi.  The tukutuku panel will be another important symbol; of those links.


The panel was created by Lady Martha Taiaroa and Patena Tupe, who is seen above explaining the panel, which features both Maori symbols and those of the Sisters of St Joseph. 


Also in the Chapel were panels prepared for the new wetland area at Mt St Joseph - Te Punanga.  These two panels showing the changing environment of the land were created by Noelene combining the skills of geologist Ian Moore and artists Aroha Rzoska and Joseph Barber. 
As Noelene held one panel, Joseph spoke of his depiction of the long-finned eel winding its body in and out of the hills and valleys on its way from the mountains to the sea.
All then gathered in the Conference room for conversation and lunch.

Gallery / Whakaahua

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