At the break of dawn on Monday 12th November 2018, Te Atiawa led a ceremony to lay a mouri stone beneath the ground at the new Ricoh Sports Centre at Fraser Park.
The ceremony was attended by Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace, Hutt City Council representatives, Community Facilities Trust and Fraser Park Sportsville board members and staff, club members, sponsors and contractors.
The new facility will be the home of Lower Hutt's first 'sportsville' - a concept that brings sports groups together to share facilities and collaborate to both retain their members and attract new ones. The facility, which opens for business in early 2019, includes six squash courts, an indoor training space, administration offices, meeting rooms, changing rooms and a cafe, bar and restaurant.
The mouri stone laid this morning was sourced from the Te Rere Kapuni waterfall in Taranaki, by Kura Moeahu of Te Atiawa Iwi. These falls are a place of special significance to the ancestors of Te Atiawa and the ceremonial laying of this stone, named Te Aio, meaning tranquility, peace, calm, is significant as it gives life to the Ricoh Sports Centre.
Kura Moeahu said, "This ceremony binds the mouri to the earth, asking it to connect itself to this building and imbues the mouri with all its life force to protet it."
Mayor Ray Wallace said, "Today represents nine years of collaboration between many partners and reflects the community's spirit coming together to give a home to local clubs."