Jahvaya Wheki

Ngāti Hauā (Waikato)

Pou Herenga Tangata Award recipient 2023

In 1946 in Hamilton, Kirikiriroa – marginalised communities were excluded from participating in civic processes. Our cities coat of arms was introduced 75 years ago through a competition. Its symbolism represents a painful time for our people. It fails to align with Te Tiriti o Waitangi and lacks a prosperous equitable vision for our city’s future. It’s time for change!

The use of funding will be allocated as follows:

  • Design and Artistic Services
    • Professional graphic designers or artists will be essential for creating the updated coat of arms. They will work on conceptualizing and designing the new elements, considering cultural and social aspects.
  • Research and Cultural Consultation
    • We will consult local historians, cultural experts, and community members to ensure the new coat of arms accurately represents the city’s heritage, values, and aspirations. This consultation will involve gathering insights and feedback to guide the design process.
  • Materials and Printing
    • Once the design is finalized, you’ll need to print the updated coat of arms on various materials, such as banners, posters, and digital formats. This cost includes printing and material expenses.
  • Community Engagement and Workshops
    • Organize community engagement events and workshops to involve residents in the design process. This cost includes venue rental, materials for workshops, and refreshments.
  • Promotion and Communication
    • Allocate funds for promoting the project through social media, local newspapers, and other communication channels. This will help generate awareness and gather support from the community.
  • Documentation and Photography
    • Document the project’s progress and final outcomes through photography and video. This documentation can be used for reporting, future presentations, and promotional materials.
  • Contingency
    • Funding is set aside for any unexpected expenses that might arise during the project.