Ngā Hau E Whā
The township of Tokoroa has a strong association with Forestry and the local Timber Mill, which is represented through Ngā Hau E Whā. Different parts of the 'pole' represent different parts of a tree, and each side is carefully aligned to True North, South, East and West. Each side had been given a guardian based on one of the four sons of Tāwhirimātea, Lord of the Weather.
|Location||South Waikato Sport and Events Centre|
|Materials||Tōtara and tiles|
|Artists||484 members of the South Waikato Community, and friends and family|
|Definition of Name||Nga Hau E Whā translated directly to 'The Four Winds'|
|Definition Interpretation||The name for this pole was chosen from the many suggestions supplied during the symposium. It is also a reference to people coming from one of the four major points of the compass (north, south, east and west). The name honours both the people who came to contribute their time and energy, while acknowledging their personal spirit and effort to the project.|