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Titirangi summit development one step closer

23 Apr 2018

Titirangi summit development one step closer

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Plans are underway to develop the Titirangi summit to tell the story of the maunga and its place in Tairawhiti’s cultural, spiritual and historical context.

The Future Tairawhiti committee discussed a feasibility study on the summit redevelopment project and agreed in principle – subject to further work – that the preferred option was to develop an inspirational facility in partnership with iwi.

This option includes landscaping of the summit site, carpark and surrounding areas.

It recommends the observatory be replaced with a multi-purpose building for learning but the historical gun emplacement be retained and restored.

The project will proceed in a co-management relationship with Ngati Oneone, along with wider community engagement throughout the design process.

It is fully reliant on external funding, which will impact the timing and delivery of the project.

An application has been lodged to the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) to fully fund the project. This forms a significant part of a $9.1m funding application to develop the Titirangi summit.

A budget of $6m is included in the PGF application for the summit project, with a further $3.1m included to develop a walk-bridge connecting Cook Landing Site to Titirangi as well as a commemorative site for a significant iwi tipuna, Te Maro at a key site nearby on Titirangi.