The artwork Kaiota on the retaining wall next to the uphill bike lane responds to this area’s name and heritage as a significant food cultivation and hunting place for mana whenua.
The mural is the work of Te Whanganui a Tara Wellington-based artist Ariki Brightwell (Te Whānau-a-Ruataupere, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga, Ngāti Mutunga, Rangitāne, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa Rangitira, Te Arawa ki Tūwharetoa, Tahiti, Ra’iātea, Rarotonga).
Te Ātua Rongomatāne, representing food plantations and peace, and Haumiatiketike, representing the wild food and fauna surrounding the Kaiota area, are made present through the two central figures in this work.
Kaiota was a place of food cultivation and gathering for the people of Pipitea Pā and was located where the Parliamentary Library and Parliament House now stand.
Kaiota translates as uncooked food, with kaumatua Hōri Kerei Taiaroa recalling that Kaiota was “so called because the natives on one occasion were cooking food and were suddenly surprised by the enemy and had to pick up the food half-cooked and run away with it. That is how I came to know the name of this spot”.
Urupā burial sites are also located within Kaiota.