August 07, 2014
Ancient mara kai site marked
Drivers using the Tauranga Eastern Link will be reminded of the area’s Maori history when they go round the new Paengaroa roundabout at the road’s easternmost point.
Carvers from Te Toi Takapu have created a six metre waharoa and palisade fenbce overlooking a former village and food garden.
Carver and tangata whenua advisory group co-chair Dean Flavell says it was one of a number of waahi maraki in the Pukaingaturu tribal lands that were settled in the 1600s by the Tapuika ancestor Marukukerere.
The New Zealand Transport Agency expects to open the link late next year.
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