The Rodney College whare entrance has been re-carved and was officially unveiled on July 24. Gordon Toi originally carved the entrance between 1992 and 1994 when the principal was Dave Armstrong. However, the carvings had deteriorated and needed restoration work. For the past seven months, Hare Wikaira has been re-carving the wooden framework. Hare, who has carved for over 20 years, says keeping the original stories and styles similar was a challenge. “The carve itself was straight forward, but following someone else’s style is difficult so I am pleased with the end product.” Teacher Michelle Nahi says it’s fantastic to have the stories reinstated on the entrance for the kids to study in depth. A powhiri followed by a walk through gave students their first chance to examine the carving.