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Tairāwhiti Navigations

The Tairawhiti Navigations is a $10m regional tourism investment programme that'll showcase our unique culture, heritage and the arrival of our great navigators. 

The programme will weave together significant heritage sites through storytelling, pedestrian walkways and design. Key locations include Gisborne city's inner harbour area, the national historic Cook Landing site, Titirangi maunga, the observatory and the Turanganui Bridge to the slipway.

It will provide historic accounts of the arrival of Maori to Tairawhiti, the arrival of Cook and the first meeting and the tragedy that followed. The stories have been developed in Te Reo, then English by Tairawhiti iwi. 

The programme comprises of 6 projects: 
• Titirangi restoration 
• Titirangi summit and observatory 
• Inner harbour redevelopment  
• Turanganui footbridge and slipway 
• Historic interpretations  
• Cook Landing site upgrade

These projects will be completed mid-2019 in time for the Te Ha 1769 Sestercentennial Commemorations and the Tuia - First Encounters 250 Event.

Programme status

Budget: $10m - Council's contribution $5M | ECT/EGL $5m
Further external funding required
Progress: On track
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What we're doing

Key site developments

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Media releases and reports

Titirangi Restoration

Titirangi Restoration

Titirangi Guardians programme

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