The entrance to the main building is supported by four magnificent carved poles, designed by Golden Bay Artist Robin Slow, and featuring native tui and harakeke (flax). The four poles represent Ngā hau e wha or the four winds, signifying that this is a place where all people may come together, regardless of cultural affiliation, nationality or faith. In Māori folklore, the harakeke or flax represent the passing generations. The outer leaves being ngā tupuna (the ancestors); the inner leaves - ngā mātua (the parents); and the innermost leaf is te rito or te pepe (the baby). Thus, when harvesting flax, only the tupuna should be cut, leaving the mātua in place to protect the pepe. These poles, placed as they are – leading to the door, delineate the land of the living on the outside as being distinct from the nature and purpose of the chapel within. A stepping off point that recognises separation as a part of life.