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How has water shaped the lives of people in central Tāmaki?

Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au – I am the river and the river is me.

Join Auckland Libraries’ Kōrero Bike, in partnership with community-based group Whakamanatia, on a unique bike tour celebrating the rich history woven through our local area.

Starting from Te Ara o Hape (Karangahape Ridge), journey alongside the path of Waihorotiu stream, flowing down to the former historic pipi beds at Takutai square– from ridge to sea.

The ancient Waihorotiu, once a bustling life-giving stream, was boarded up and pumped full of sewerage in the 1800s. As you navigate its course, explore aspects of Kaitiakitanga and Mauri, sharing kōrero along various tohu whenua (landmarks or public art). These speak to both the ecology of relationships that are present within our taiao (natural environment) and the regenerative projects that work to restore & uphold the mana and mauri within our urban environment. E kato ana ngā awa katoa ki te moana – all rivers lead to the sea.

This cycling tour through Auckland City Centre starts at Karangahape Road and ends at the waterfront/Takutai Square. It will start at Pigeon Park meeting at 10am and heading out around 10.15am. Please bring your own bike and helmet. If you do not have a bike email the Library events team and they may be able to arrange an e-bike for you for the tour.

• You will need to be an experienced rider as we will be going on the road with traffic.
• The tour will take approximately 3.5 hours including stops.
• They will be opportunity to refill your water bottles and bathrooms along the route.

At the end there will be some complimentary refreshments provided, courtesy of Britomart.

This event is brought to you through a partnership with Whakamanatia, Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero / Central City Library and the City Centre Targeted Ratepayers.

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Last updated: 18 May 2021