The dawn unveiling of Te Pou o Takitumu ki Rarotonga by Queen of Rarotonga, Pa Ariki was a solemn occasion witnessed by over 200 people at Civic Square, Hastings. The pou named Takitumu represented an ancient connection that Ngāti Kahungunu of the Takitimu waka have to the people of the Pacific. Darin Jenkins was commissioned to carve the masterpiece in Thames. The bringing of Te Pou o Takitumu ki Rarotonga to Heretaunga was first initiated by the late Tama Huata. Te Pou o Takitimu ki Rarotonga – Takitumu te vaka taunga; Takitumu te vaka moana; Takitumu te vaka tangata; stands in honour of the late Tama Huata from her Royal Highness Pa Ariki.