The Walk of Fame was opened in 2009 with the purpose of recognising and celebrating Te Awamutu’s outstanding achievers.
In 2011 when the decision was made to extend the walk, traditional Māori carver Michael Matchitt was approached to design a gateway, or “waharoa”. The waharoa acts as a focal point and entry point through which visitors can enter the town’s celebratory walk. Here, they learn about the lives and achievements of those who have contributed to the development and character of the town and district.
The design of the waharoa is in the shape of a waka (canoe), which is in reference to the name of the town. Te Awamutu, meaning “the river’s end,” is the furthest point up the Waipa river that a waka could traditionally travel.
The surface patterning is mata kupenga, a net pattern used to represent the gathering in of people though the entryway.
Image: Te Awamutu, Waikato