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historic reserve re-development at cook's landing site.

Gisborne District Council
Planning, Land Development, Local Government

Gisborne District Council engaged 4Sight Consulting to consent a range of projects as part of its Navigations Programme - a programme that weaves significant sites across Tairāwhiti together through storytelling and design to showcase the region's unique culture and heritage of first arrivals and great navigators.

A significant project was the Puhi Kai Iti/Cook Landing Site Historic Reserve Re-Development which was a joint venture between the Department of Conservation, Council and Ngāti Oneone.

The Puhi Kai Iti/Cook Landing Site National Historic Reserve is one of only three national historic reserves in New Zealand and marks the arrival of James Cook and the Endeavour in 1769. The space now represents 1,000 years of navigation and settlement in Turanganui-a-Kiwa Gisborne with sculpture and storytelling that acknowledges the ancestor Maia who landed at Tawararo (Kaiti Beach) and settled at the site through to the landing of Lieutenant Cook at the same site 750 years later.

This challenging project involved many project components and tight construction timeframes to ensure this was completed for the 250-year anniversary of Cook's landing in late 2019. 4Sight efficiently and successfully obtained resource consents for both the Cook monument re-strengthening and for the site narrative, sculpture and landscaping work.

For more information, visit the Gisborne District Council website here.

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