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This modern waka sculpture named Tōia Mai was gifted by Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) and the artist Joe Citizen to the people of Hamilton Kirikiriroa.
“Tōia Mai means to work together and this project is “for the people, by the people”, the result of many hands and minds coming together.”
The sculpture tells the Matariki story through an Internet of Things network using data and environmental sensors, and is activated by movement.
“We are grateful to Hamilton City Council for the beautiful Ferrybank site, a former wāhi taunga waka or waka landing site for Māori, and the river access to the historic Ngāti Wairere pā and gardens nearby.”