The Tairāwhiti Navigations programme will be delivered for 2019 local and national commemorations.
We're making the walkways and viewing points more vibrant and accessible, using artwork and story boards to create a heritage trail at significant sites.
Progress - April 2018
Inner Harbour first phase of construction work continues with contractors replacing water and wastewater pipes. The Works new car park will commence in May. Phase one will be completed in June 2018.
A plan change to resolve some of the issues around car parking in the inner harbour is being progressed and is at the construction stage. The second phase of the project starts in October.
ECT has agreed to re-allocate a budget of $933k funding from the Turanganui Bridge project that's currently on hold, to the inner harbour project (transferred in March 2017/18 financial year to be spent in 2018/19) as part of ECT’s full funding commitment of $3.4m to Tairāwhiti Navigations.
NZTA funding recently granted as per an announcement made by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones in March. This will cover phase 2 roading elements in 2018/19.
Titirangi summit - the options analysis for the project business case was presented to the Future Tairāwhiti, the committee endorsed staff to:
• undertake a full landscape redevelopment of the summit site, the car park and its surroundings to improve the visitor and local experience
• replace the observatory with a building that will serve as a multi-purpose space for wananga and learning and increase amenity value
• retain and conserve the gun emplacement due to its historical context.
The next steps are to release a Request for Quotation to the market to undertake a full survey of the summit area and progress any initial investigation required.
Council allocated $90k to develop the business case to determine feasibility and to inform viable options before we're clear on project scope, timing and budget required. An application to the Provincial Growth Fund (including $6m for the summit project) was lodged in March 2018. We are awaiting the outcome of this application, and will be applying to MBiE Tourism Infrastructure Fund for $600k to support car parking /landscaped arrival area on the summit for 2019. This application will be made in May 2017.
Titirangi restoration - the $512k external funding from the MBIE and DoC was granted in January 2018.
The Kaiti Beach track design has been completed and will be constructed in collaboration with Eastland Group, scheduled to commence mid-May.
The Homeguard track design has now commenced and scheduled to be completed by mid-May.
Weeds have been cleared through the Rakaiatane site, Pa site and church block. Further weed control has been undertaken on the bowl area of the maunga utilising funding granted by DoC.
A contractor has been engaged to start the second phase of the bowl track. Work's expected to commence once resource consent has been granted in May.
Car park upgrade design work has been initiated. Survey work due to be completed in May. The guardian planting programme is planned for the second week of May, and scheduled to run for 2 weeks.
September 2017 - Inner harbour registrations of interest for construction.
Titirangi restoration planting completed for winter season, 2000 planted by 800 school kids. Cook Landing Site project team established. inner harbour detailed design near completion.
February 2017 - Councillors appointed to the Inner Harbour Advisory Group - Meredith Akuhata-Brown, Andy Cranston, Shannon Dowsing, Larry Foster and Malcolm MacLean.