Lysaght Building

101 Pakenham Street West. GridAKL’s first permanent building. Houses a mix of startups and SMEs with shared work stations, meeting rooms, 100-person event space, technology and cafe facilities.

Startups are hard when you’re sitting at the kitchen table or alone in the garden shed. So GridAKL set up this rad space to bring people together.

It’s a whole lot more than just a work space though. It’s a friendly community of like-minded people who share wins and fails, meetups, lunches, events and all sorts of random coffee-fueled chats. You’ll make loads of valuable contacts, collaborations and connections with the people and businesses that you need in order to learn more and grow your business.

GridAKL can also link you to the serious stuff like accelerator and incubator programmes, angel investor networks and local and national government initiatives to help you reach your business and life goals. The experienced and expert GridAKL team are on the ground to take care of the small stuff, whilst helping you achieve the big stuff.

GridAKL Pou Whakairo

Ateed commissioned Whaotapu to carve this stunning pou in Tamaki Paenga Hira, the Museum of Auckland, in 2015 . It is Waka maumahara, a design for a memorial post but which also refers to the location in the innovation precinct. The pou is carved from a 600 year old kauri which fell in the Waitakere forest. Carvers from all iwi within Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) area came together to work on the pou, bringing designs from their respective iwi.  Some involved were Vern Rossier, Lawrence Makoare, Rewi Spraggon, Ted Ngataki, Puhi Thompson and Wiikuki Kingi.

The design is a personification of the atua Mataaoho – the atua (deity) of Volcanoes who played such an important part in shaping the Tamaki Makaurau landscape. A carving technique displayed here is called Haumi, which is the technique of joining logs together to create waka. This was an innovative practice that enabled tupuna to build bigger and stronger waka. The Tau along the ridge represents 20 peoples of Tamaki, 19 who have tribal connections to Tamaki Makaurau and 1 other to represent all the other ethnic groups of Tamaki. It is carved in the form of manaia heads – ‘mana’ and ‘ia’, meaning his/her mana. Another important feature is the kupenga at the base of the pou. This kupenga (net) represents the joining together of all people.

This pou beautifully represents the innovation of Maori and is perfect for its new home in the John Lysaght building, GridAKL’s startup hub in the Wynyard Quarter Innovation Precinct.

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