October 22, 2020
New Plymouth development includes pa restoration
The restoration of an historic pā is included in the redevelopment of a former fertiliser plant at the north east entrance to New Plymouth.
Bluehaven Group this morning signed a Memorandum of Understanding with mana whenua for the Waiwhakaiho area, Ngāti Tawhirikura.
Chief executive Nathan York, of Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Raukawa/Tainui and Ngāti Tūwharetoa, says having the confidence and support of mana whenua is very important for Bluehaven, especially as the site contains what remains of Aotere pā.
Bluehaven transferred the pā to the hapū when it bought the land in 2017.
Auckland-based Nikau Group had been contracted to demolish and remove the former Ravensdown fertiliser storage depot on the corner of Devon and Smart Roads.
Ngāti Tawhirikura chair Ngamata Skipper says the re-established Aotere Pā will highlight the occupation of the hapū and become a significant landmark within the wider commercial development.
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