Tui House was blessed at a dawn service conducted by members of the local iwi, Ngati Manuhiri, with hospice staff participating.
During the blessing, a small kohatu (stone) was carried through the building. At the conclusion of the blessing, the kohatu was named and presented to hospice as “a stone to touch”, which will be on a stand in the reception area of Tui House.
The explanation about the kohatu, its name and its journey, will be on display beside it.
Ngati Manuhiri spokesperson Jacky Ruck who is also a hospice volunteer, praised the work of hospice and said that in giving this kohatu it cemented the relationship between Ngati Manuhiri and hospice.
Kathryn Ashworth with the kohatu.