Now live: Ātea Nuku Time Walk Paihia

April 14, 2023

Reveal the true history of Paihia with this rich and immersive heritage walking tour.

Ātea Nuku is an experiential walking tour that brings the history and legacy of Paihia to life through location-based augmented reality, audio, animation, 360 video and text.It opens a window to the past, a legacy trail that shares the unique stories of early cultural encounters in Paihia and the relationships fostered between the missionaries, their families and mana whenua.

Waitangi Marae chairman and Uri O Te Kemara (descendant of Te Kemara) Ngati Kawa Taituha said the legacy trail celebrates the bond between two cultures, which had been crucial to the signing of the 1835 Declaration of Independence and the ensuing Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi.

"The bicentennial will be commemorated in a way that enhances the mana of everyone involved," Taituha says. "What we can do is learn from the past to make a better future for Aotearoa, as intended through the visionary foresight of both Māori and the missionaries when Te Tiriti was drafted and signed.”

PHLS Chair Martin Williams, says "This app is a significant milestone in preserving and sharing the early history of Paihia. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in this project."

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Read more about the launch at NZ Herald.