Avondale library and community hub has taken another step in its development, following the adoption of the name ‘Te Hono’ by Whau Local Board.
The name, which means ‘the connection’, recognises that the new facility connects place, people and purpose, has been gifted by mana whenua representatives from Te Kawerau ā Maki, and supported by Te Ākitai Waiohua, Ngāti Te Ata and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.
The library and community hub, which will reinvigorate the centre of Avondale, is currently in the design phase with preliminary design complete. Naming the new facility early means the name can influence the design narrative, including mahi toi (art), and strengthens the cultural and community connection to the facility.
Reflecting the purpose
Outgoing Whau Local Board Chair, Kay Thomas, says that the name truly reflects the purpose of the centre.
“This is a place that will connect people, that will bring people together, and will be a place the whole community comes together with a shared purpose.
“We think that Te Hono couldn’t be more appropriate, and on behalf of the board I want to thank mana whenua representatives who have provided such a strong name that will resonate with all who use the facility.”
Te Hono - ‘the connection’
Te Hono is ‘the connection’ – connecting place, people and purpose. It relates to the underlying principle in the design brief of hononga – connection, relationship and bond and ‘a place where people of all ages, abilities and interests can come together for meaningful social interaction and connection’.
The following whakataukī (proverb) was shared as part of the naming:
He hono tangata e kore e motu; ka pa he taura waka e motu.
Unlike a canoe rope, a human bond cannot be severed.
Te Hono reinforces the mana whenua vision from the design brief for the new facility to celebrate the local and wider cultural landscape, express cultural identity and sense of place and provide for culturally welcoming processes and protocols.