Titirangi Maunga (Kaiti Hill) and the surrounding foreshore and seabed are culturally and spiritually significant to Ngāti Oneone, and it’s accepted that every reasonable step will be taken to recognise and provide for such areas.
Many of our staff already have good relationships with Ngāti Oneone and we continue to meet with representatives and hear what tangata whenua have to say. We listen, and we work towards agreed outcomes where possible. Our challenge with the twin berth development is to build on that good relationship by continuing to meet with representatives and hear what tangata whenua have to say.
In 2016 a series of pou designed by Ngāti Oneone and artist Nick Tupara were installed alongside Eastland Port’s upper log yard. Waka, female ancestors, and Ngāti Oneone’s close association with the nearby Kopuawhakapata Stream inspire the work.
Reflecting its early beginnings Eastland Port is nestled in central Gisborne and has houses, small businesses, recreational areas and a heritage site as neighbours. We strive to be a good resident and meet regularly with an engaged group representing our neighbours.
The Community Liaison Group has been in operation for 15 years and was originally focused on overseeing the port’s dredging consent process in 2002, and later the upper log yard project. The Group’s contribution to the planning, development and management of the upper log yard project was invaluable.
The Group plays an increasingly important role providing feedback on a variety of broader issues relating to port operations and meets on average four times a year.
Eastland Port looks forward to the Group’s continued level of practical and social engagement with the twin berth development.
The inner harbour redevelopment is intended to transform the waterfront into a natural visitor destination and thriving hospitality precinct. A comprehensive plan for the entire inner harbour was produced by Gisborne District Council in collaboration with Eastland Port as a partial landowner. The aim was to create a plan for the entire precinct that gave sensible consideration to the appropriate and safe location of facilities within the confines of the available area.
An important consideration was the safe movement of pedestrians in the inner harbour, as currently there is no clear delineation between walkways and traffic and parking areas. So this area is being revitalised to include new gardens and seating and better walkway connectivity to improve the amenity use of the waterfront.
Eastland Port expects its portion of work which includes lighting, seating and garden areas on port-owned land to start in April. The total redevelopment will be completed by the beginning of October.
Completion of Gisborne District Council’s Tairāwhiti Navigations programme has been timed for mid-2019 to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the first formal meetings of Māori and European.
We find ourselves right at the heart of the commemorations and for exactly the same reasons as everyone else: the maritime traditions of so many of our ancestors unfolded right here in this safe harbour.
The area is incredibly special to the region, to all of New Zealand, and that brings with it a huge responsibility. We’re supporting the enhancement of this area and helping acknowledge the past while looking forward to creating a better future together.
Right now we’re building a new walkway from Waikahua Cottage to Kaiti Beach and the seawall on Titirangi Kaiti Hill.