The Gallery & Pouwhenua
The Beach House lobby at Pacific Coast Village features the Mangatawa Gallery - a space that captures the stories of the whenua and its people, providing insight and meaning to the cultural heritage and whakapapa to the ‘whenua’ O Nga Potiki, which the village is built on. The gallery includes a permanent exhibition of portraits and treasured taonga featuring the shell middens and other artefacts from the archaeological excavations that took place as part of the Village development.
The opening of the gallery follows the addition of a pouwhenua (carved post) carved by prominent local artist Kereama Taepa. The pouwhenua is located at the start of the 250-metre beach boardwalk that the Partnership created on Maranui Street opposite the village.
The boardwalk includes information panels on the history of the area, incorporating Mangatawa, Hikurangi, Kopukairoa and te rohe Kiwa (Pacific Coast), as well as the vegetation of the coastal dune system.