Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

October 25, 2013

Patupaiarehe

Filed under: Art,Point Chevalier — paul @ 7:02 am
Arch by Tim Codyre (2009)

Arch by Tim Codyre (2009)

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This arch, carved by Tim Codyre (2009) is found in Coyle Park, Point Chevalier. It tells the legend of Meola Reef, Te Toka Roa. Auckland City with Sky Tower in the background, the mangroves of Meola Reef in mid ground.

The inscription reads:


Patupaiarehe, fairy people, lived in the darkness of Waitakere bush. One night, on the shores of the Waitemata Harbour, two opposing groups were doing battle. The weaker ones tried to escape by building a stone causeway.

They laboured on unaware of the rising sun. The tree limbs sticking out of the lava flow of the reef, Te Toka Roa, are said to be the bones of the Patupaiarehe fairy people, petrified by the sun.

Arch by Tim Codyre (2009)

Arch by Tim Codyre (2009)