New sign for Taumarunui

  • 30/04/2016

The King Tawhiao sign at the northern entrance to Taumarunui is coming down.

Ruapehu District Council says anyone who wants to take a picture with the sign that's been a distinctive local landmark since the early 1980s better do it this weekend.

The sign will be taken down on Monday and put in storage until it can be handed over to the Kingitanga.

There's been an extensive consultation about a new sign.

The council's property team leader, Rebecca Van Orden, says local Iwi have been concerned that the mana of King Tawhiao should be protected. They say any new sign should not exploit the Tupuna and have any potential for commercialisation.

The new sign will be installed in the coming week but won't be on view until it's unveiled by King Tuheitia in May.

Tawhiao was leader of the Waikato tribes from 1860 to 1894, the second Maori King and a religious visionary.