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Construction begins on Puhi Kai Iti Cook Landing Site

12 Mar 2019

Construction begins on Puhi Kai Iti Cook Landing Site

Puhi iti kai

Construction has begun on the redevelopment of the Puhi Kai Iti – Cook Landing Site with a timeline for completion set for the end of August.

Enhancements to the monument, landscaping and installation of sculpture to acknowledge the whare wananga Puhi Kai Iti and the landing site of the navigator Maia’s waka, will be completed by the end of August.

The Ruatanuika lookout on Titirangi to acknowledge the ancestor Te Maro, will also be completed as part of the project, all in time for sestercentennial commemorations in October.

Mayor Meng Foon is pleased the work has started. “The installations and stories that will be told will honour the tipuna of Turanga iwi in a respectful way,” he said.

Construction on the 1000-year walk pedestrian bridge planned to connect the two sites has been delayed.

Council completed an initial process with contractors to identify costs to build the bridge prior to the October event. The costs were significantly increased for delivering the project within timeframes and funding available.

Ngati Oneone, the Department of Conservation and Council are delivering the project in partnership and we want to ensure our community receives an asset that is well considered.

Taking the project forward now will involve completing the detailed designs for the full bridge specifications and undergoing a competitive tender process in order to get the best value for money for the community.

In the meantime, Currie Construction are progressing work on the site as planned.

By October, the completed elements will reflect the traditional stories of iwi along with the legacy of Cook and the significance of these landmarks in our region’s history.