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Tairāwhiti Navigations & Inner Harbour

Transform the inner harbour to showcase our waterfront

The Tairawhiti Navigations programme is a significant regional tourism project that acknowledges the unique culture and heritage of Tairawhiti. It is a vehicle for delivering heritage interpretation and make the historic environment of Tairawhiti more accessible for visitors and local residents. The programme is composed of 4 separate projects:

• Titirangi Restoration
• Inner Harbour redevelopment
• Turanganui footbridge and slipway
• Historic interpretations

Completion has been timed for mid-2019 in time for the Te Ha 1769 Sestercentennial Commemorations and the national 250th First Encounter events.

Project status

Total project budget: $8.7m plus Titirangi budget $1.3m - Total budget = $10m
Council is funding $5m of this (Inner Harbour has $3.7m and Titirangi $1.3m)
External funding $3.4m ECT and $1.6m Eastland Port (funding by ECT)
2016/17 Annual Plan Budget: $2.8m
Progress: May 2017 - Navigations Historical Interpretations Strategy approved, the Inner Harbour revised concept plans, and endorsed Monk Mackenzie/Novare bridge engineers for the Turanganui Bridge project. 
Historical Interpretation: the project is moving in to design phase with the support of Locales Ltd and community representatives.
Inner Harbour: concept plans have been approved. Detailed design will be complete in October.  Phase 1 construction will begin in the New Year..
Turanganui Bridge to Slipway: bridge engineers will be working with staff to develop a design programme and engagement framework. Council presented an update of the project to ECT on 1 May 2017. ECT agreed to release funds meaning the design stage can continue, community engagement can start and the resource consent process can begin.

Project progress

Project at a glance

What we plan to do

Inner harbour
Turanganui River Bridge
Connecting walkways


Media releases
Council reports

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