The harvesting of the pines on Titirangi has been delayed,
the road will remain open until Wednesday 8 April.
“We are waiting on a hauler that is delayed in getting to
Gisborne, so our contractor X-Men Logging is keen to hold
off setting up until after Easter,” says acting group
manager planning and development Geoff Canham,
“It means people can still use the road over the hill
Council have sent a notice to residents in the area advising
them of the delayed start date.
“We’d like people to know of the change in start date,
but also that the target completion date, 1 May, hasn’t
“Contractors are confident they can set-up and will aim to
start cutting operations by 14 April,
“With extra staff resources, they will finish harvesting
within 15 days.
“So it works out better to minimise the duration and have
a lesser impact on neighbours,” says Mr Canham.
Once complete the harvest area will be re-vegetated with
“We will start replanting as soon as we can in May and
will continue the enhancements over the next 2-3 years,
“The site may look bare for some time, but it will be
worth it to return the reserve back to a more natural
environment in the end.”
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If you want to get a close-up look at the marble soldier
before the statue is returned back to the top of the
cenotaph, do so before Monday 23 March.
The soldier is currently on display in front of the rose
gardens while repairs and strengthening have been carried
out on the cenotaph.
“So it’s the last chance to see him up close before
he’s back on top,” says projects and development officer
“We anticipate that the soldier will be going back on top
of the cenotaph about the 13 April.”
Currie Construction will remove the 1.2 tonne soldier from
the riverbank as strengthening work inside the cenotaph
“A stainless steel frame has been assembled within the
very tight space inside the monument,” says Mr Joblin,
“The steel for the frame had to be passed by hand through
the top of the monument, then bolted together and anchored
to the base of the structure, which has been a slow and
As part of the project some landscaping work around the
Cenotaph including extending the riverside walkway from the
Gladstone Road bridge to the William Petty Bridge is being
done. Read more >>
Harvesting of the 8 hectares of radiata pine trees on
Titirangi Reserve is due to start next Monday 23 March.
“The plan is to harvest the pines and restore the reserve
with native plants and continuing to remove weeds and exotic
trees,” says acting group manager planning and
development, Geoff Canham.
Most walking tracks will still be open and accessible from
the seaside face of the hill.
For safety, the main road over the hill will be closed to
all public vehicles, bikes and pedestrians for the duration
of the harvest which is likely to be completed by 1 May.
“We advise people to follow instructions from contractors
and signage and make sure you are in a safe viewing area if
you want to see the harvest in action.”
Council and Ngati Oneone are working together to revitalise
the natural values of Titirangi Reserve also known as Kaiti
Mayor Meng Foon is delighted that this project is gaining
momentum and thanks Ngati oneone for their support and fully
supports co-management of the maunga tapu a Titirangi.
Mayor Foon asks that people be safe and exercise common
sense when the trees are being extracted.
“Please be patient it’s only about 6 weeks work and then
you can use the maunga again.”
A total of $1.3m will be invested in the reserve overall to
re-vegetate and revitalise our city’s largest landmark
over the next 3 years.
“A harvest in the city area is very unique. We’ve
planned the harvest carefully to lower the risk of damage to
the landscape and preserve sites of cultural and historic
value,” says Mr Canham.
Archaeological authority was issued by Heritage New Zealand
Pouhere Taonga, archaeologist Lynda Walter and Ngati Oneone
will be monitoring cultural and archaeological features
within the project zone.
The replanting programme will aim to restore the natural
environment of the reserve with up to 40,000 native plants.
“The outcome of the restoration is to encourage habitats
for native bird and animal species, open up views, improve
visual appeal and enhance walkways and viewing points that
fit within the natural environment.”
We’re encouraging the community to get involved in
community planting days and restoring work once we’ve
finalised the species mix with iwi and firmed up the
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