August 11, 2017
Ngai Tahu office development opens
Ngai Tahu Property has opened stage one of its $85 million development of the former King Edward Barracks site in central Christchurch.
The Pita Te Hori Centre includes two sustainably designed five level office buildings, a state-of-the-art car park, and a central landscaped courtyard and gardens.
Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu kaiwhakahaere Lisa Tumahai says outside its role in settler history, the site had rich spiritual, historical and cultural significance to Ngai Tahu.
It sat on the edge of Puari Pa, which was was first established by the Waitaha people over 700 years ago on a large island-like area near a loop in the Otakaro (Avon) River.
Successive waves of Ngati Mamoe and Ngai Tahu occupied the area up to the time of the Canterbury Land Purchase in 1848, and Ngai Tuahuriri leader Pita Te Hori unsuccessfully tried to claimed it through the Native Land Court in 1868.
Tenants of the first two office buildings include the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education, accounting firm EY (formerly Ernst and Young), Aurecon, Vero, as well as cafes, restaurants and stores.
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