November 20, 2013
Food for thought
A coroner has confirmed that bones found during the renovation of the beachfront Long Bay Restaurant on Auckland’s East Coast Bays are historic and could date back to the early 1700s.
Auckland City Council has asked the Historic Places Trust to investigate the archaeological significance of the site.
Construction work, which has been halted since the koiwi were found in July, can’t resume until iwi and the trust give the go-ahead.
Glenn Wilcox from Ngati Whatua says there was constant unrest in the area 300 years ago, and he expects there are many more bodies buried in the area.
While the delay means the popular wedding venue is out of action, Mr Wilcox questioned whether people would want to get married on top of a dead body.
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