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Harbour area to be hive of construction

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After much boatie consternation and council deliberation, the much-anticipated $3.7 million redevelopment of Gisborne’s inner harbour will soon get under way.

Phase one construction works will be in the road reserve and carpark areas, which the council says will include improved parking, seating and native planting. A walkway promenade with pedestrian crossings will also be developed.

It will mark a major step forward for the Navigations Project, as the first infrastructural building blocks finally take shape at what will be the key navigations hub . . . after 12 years of development, and with 20 months to go until the 250th anniversary of the arrival of James Cook and first formal meetings between Maori and Europeans here.

The project got a major boost four weeks ago when the Government announced a $1.27m investment to help Gisborne District Council with the construction of carparks and walkways in the inner harbour and on Titirangi/Kaiti Hill — in preparation for the October 2019 Te Ha commemorations — as part of $14.2m allocated........

© The Gisborne Herald