Every 6 months I am required to get my car checked to ensure it is fit to be on the road and safe for me to drive. I am very fortunate that I have a trustworthy car repair business to call on for this.
It is even more fortunate that the business is located across the road from the Pataka in Porirua.
Porirua city from the open space near the Pataka.
Pataka in Maori means “storehouse” and in this case the building stores museum collections, our Public Library, art and exhibition galleries as well as meeting and performance spaces and a great café. A perfect place to spend the time it takes for the check to be done on the car.
It is also located near a large recreation facility and open park space.
However the weather was so stunning that day that I went for a wander around the perimeter of the building and visited the Japanese Garden in the central courtyard of this building.
Here are some of the sights that took my eye.
Traditional Maori carving.
Traditional Maori carving
Kiwi in the tussock
Porirua’s sister city Nishio’s Japanese garden at the Pataka
I met with a friend for coffee last week at Kaizen. Across the roof of the spine of the Pataka (in Maori this means “store house of precious things”) were hundreds of prayer flags made by children.
It is a vibrantly colourful display featuring the simple wishes and prayers of children for love, family, peace, animal welfare, respect, acknowledging diversity and many attractive illustrations and symbols.
With all this collective energy good things must flow out to us all.