Parklands Library Te Kete Wānanga o Waitikiri 150 tukutuku panel


Photo: Loraine Liddle

This panel was designed, created and constructed by the Parklands team, as part of the Tukutuku project in 2009 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Christchurch City Libraries.

Gathering place

  • Paint, wool, cotton, silver lurex thread, fishing line.
  • 122 cm x 60 cm

Parklands Library / Te Kete Wānanga o Waitikiri (muddy water) is represented in our tukutuku panel in layers of the wetlands which border the library’s location.

In the past this area was an abundant food gathering place and now includes the Travis Wetlands heritage area. This is shown by the pukeko, eels and flax in the panels.

The triangular shapes portray the rafters that formed part of a church which was previously on the site of the Parklands Library. Some original rafters are now incorporated into the building which has become a place of learning, knowledge and belonging for our community.

The stars symbolise the ancestors and are interwoven through the rafters whilst orange is a significant colour in our library and highlights the sun shining through.

The weaving of rafters, stars and wetland portray the relationship between the library, community and our environment.

Panel creation

Images from flickr of making of the panel.

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