Concepts for Tairāwhiti Navigations Project on their way
A concept for the pathways and storyboards that will tell the story of this region’s rich navigation history is underway. CPG NZ Ltd has been contracted to provide design concepts for a range of light infrastructure work in the inner harbour, the base of Titirangi (Kaiti) Hill and at Rangihoua (Pilot Hill) in Wairoa as part of the Tairāwhiti Navigations Project.
Once funding has been sourced they will enter into a design and build contract.
The establishment of pathways, a footbridge across the Turanganui River, landscaping, shade areas and consistent signage is seen as a key component of the project. “The first step is to get some design concepts. It will be exciting to see the tangible aspects of this project visualised,” says council's community planning and development group manager Nedine Thatcher-Swann.
CPG will present concepts for the Cook Landing site, a walking path that links the site to the inner harbour, a pathway along the top of the river training wall and a footbridge connecting the pathway to the Waikanae Creek. The Rangihoua (Pilot Hill) work includes upgrading the existing walkway, creating a viewing platform and signage. All will need to be developed with a consistent theme.
CPG have been appointed by the Tairāwhiti Development Partnership. They are a New Zealand wide consultancy company and part of the consulting division of Downer EDI. They will work with Soul Environments to provide a unique and diverse mix of resources. Their team has extensive experience working with tangata whenua and communities to ensure cultural/historic stories are reflected in planning and construction. They are committed to sustainable design and authentic outcomes and look forward to engagement with local hapu.
Alan Wilcox of CPG is originally from Gisborne and has worked with local, regional and central government agencies. Derek Walker is the manager for the Gisborne branch of Downer EDI and will be responsible for ensuring the work is completed. Catherine Hamilton of Soul Environments is a landscape architect. She has experience developing a strong vision and seeing it through to completion.
While the Tairāwhiti Navigations Project covers the whole region the focus currently is on the key sites identified in a prefeasibility study. These are the Gisborne/Turanga inner harbour precinct, Titirangi Reserve, Tairāwhiti Museum and Rangi-houa Pa and Pilots Hill (Wairoa).
The project aims to present the region’s rich navigational history for the enjoyment of locals and visitors. It has the potential to generate significant business opportunities in the tourism market. A sustainable business model and a plan to interpret our region’s stories are being progressed.
Karl Johnstone of Te Puia, New Zealand Māori Arts and Craft Institute, Alan Wilcox and Tony McCartney of CPG NZ LTD and Council chief executive Lindsay McKenzie stand in front of the area where a footbridge will link the Waikanae Stream area to the proposed pathway along the top of the river wall as part of the Tairāwhiti Navigations Project.