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Inner harbour phase 2 taking shape

16 Aug 2019

Inner harbour phase 2 taking shape

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The second phase of construction in the inner harbour to upgrade The Esplanade roadway, parking and landscaping is well underway.

Work to complete gardens at the entry to the inner harbour in Wainui Road reserve was finished in June.

In July contractors began resealing The Esplanade, creating the new parking layout, drainage, landscaping and improvements for pedestrians and cycle connectivity.

The work is due to be completed by the end of September.

Phase three work to install garden groves, furniture and upgrades along the waterfront and railway line is planned to be completed by Eastland Port.

“Businesses in the inner harbour have been really patient during the phases of work,” says David Wilson, Gisborne District Council Director of Community Lifelines.

“The area is being revitalised to include new gardens, seating and better walkway connectivity to improve the amenity use of the waterfront and transform it into a vibrant visitor destination and hospitality precinct.”

The first phase of works completed in October 2018 included upgrades to the road and footpath along Crawford Road, new street trees, gardens, lighting and upgraded car parks in front of The Works and former Soho building.

The design was developed in collaboration with Ngati Oneone as an opportunity to acknowledge heritage of the area and tangata whenua.

Mr Wilson says the inner harbour will become a focal point along the heritage trail experience with narrative, cultural and navigational elements woven into the space and two Tupapa trail markers located in the area.

When complete infrastructure will include references to names of features in the area such as the Kopuawhakapata Awa (stream), local coastal headlands, star constellations and indigenous plants and trees used in green spaces.

The amenity block design includes a raranga pattern and Matuku Moana (Heron), these birds nest under the wharf and are guardians of the Tūranganui River and inner harbour. 

Nick Tupara, Ngati Oneone artist and representative, says the name ‘paepae para mamuti’ references the local terminology used by tangata whenua for toilet or latrine.

“Traditional rituals involving the paepae para hamuti were associated with purification and cleansing,” he says.

“It is said that the voyager Maia, who established the whare wananga, Puhi Kai Iti – at the site of the Cook Landing monument – had his own exclusive paepae para hamuti located nearby that only he could use because of his status.”

Construction of the toilet facility has experienced delays however it will be completed this month and provide convenience for passengers and crew from cruise-ships, recreation and commercial boats and the voyaging Tairāwhiti Waka Hourua.

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