The new Central Interceptor TBM has been officially named Hiwa-i-te-Rangi, as one of the Matariki stars to which Māori send their dreams or aspirations for the new year. Students from schools along the Central Interceptor tunnel route were asked to vote for the star they felt best represented the goals of the project and whose characteristics resonated with them personally. Hiwa-i-te-Rangi was the winning choice by over 100 votes.
The Matariki cluster of nine stars is known in some parts of Aotearoa (New Zealand) as Puanga, and Hiwa-i-te-Rangi is the final star. Traditionally, Māori would send Hiwa-i-te-Rangi their wish as it also represents vigorous growth - as some people may make New Year’s resolutions or wish upon a star.
The EPB TBM Hiwa-i-te-Rangi will arrive in New Zealand in December.