What’s happening?

Construction has started on Honiana Te Puni Reserve as part of the delivery of the Ngā Ūranga ki Pito-One section of Te Ara Tupua.

As part of this we have built Tāwharau Pods, new community and cultural buildings, on the east side of the Reserve, and started work on the new shared clubs building which will become home to the Wellington Water Ski Club and Wellington Rowing Association.

The west side is now operating as a yard, to support construction of  the shared path. We’ll be using this area for site offices, stockpiling materials and storage of machinery for approximately three years, until the project is near completion.

The east side of the Reserve will remain open throughout the project, but construction works mean the area will look different. Public parking has changed, with a temporary car park currently available. Construction is expected to be complete on the east side late 2023, followed by the west side in 2026.

A temporary cycling and walking route is in place, until permanent shared paths through the east side of the Reserve can be built. We acknowledge that construction work like this can be disruptive.

Background

Honiana Te Puni Reserve is situated at the northernmost point of Te Whanganui a Tara Wellington Harbour, at the Western end of Pito-One. In future it will be the northern gateway to the Ngā Ūranga ki Pito-One section of Te Ara Tupua.

The reserve is named for Honiana Te Puni, a Te Āti Awa rangatira who signed Te Tiriti o Waitangi in 1840. In the 19th century, Honiana Te Puni Reserve was part of the broader area of Pito-One Pā and Te Tatau o te Pō Pā, with urupā (burial grounds) and gardens nearby.

The reserve land was returned to Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika (Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust) as part of their Treaty settlement, and is managed by Hutt City Council.

During planning for Te Ara Tupua, conversations started about the future for Honiana Te Puni Reserve. These conversations have been led by Te Ara Tupua Mana Whenua Steering Group, and a plan and vision have been agreed by Taranaki Whānui, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, and Hutt City Council.

Changes have been approved by Hutt City Council under the Reserves Act, and as part of the resource consent for Te Ara Tupua. Going forward, a new Reserve Management Plan for the future of the Reserve will be developed by Taranaki Whānui and Hutt City Council.

Vision for Honiana Te Puni Reserve

An artist impression of the park reserve Tāwharau Pods

The Tāwharau Pods, two small, relocatable buildings will be constructed at the eastern side of Honiana Te Puni Reserve. This will be their temporary location until Te Ara Tupua is complete. Designed to provide a more active Taranaki Whānui presence at the reserve, they will host a studio to be used by iwi Māori artists working on Te Ara Tupua, and a Te Ara Tupua project information centre. Later, they will be shifted to the west side of the Reserve, once the shared path is complete.

New clubs building

A new purpose-built building will accommodate both the Wellington Water Ski Club and Wellington Rowing Association at the eastern end of the reserve.

Both clubs have been closely involved in the design process for the new integrated building. The requirements of both clubs will be provided jointly including storage, a new clubroom facility, new publicly accessible parking spaces, and access to the harbour for both clubs.

Sculptures

The existing Honiana Te Puni pou will be reinstated and a new sculpture, will be placed to the west of Korokoro Stream. A second new sculpture, Te Parororangi, will serve as the gateway to Honiana Te Puni Reserve from Te Ara Tupua.

New whare

Approved plans include a site for a whare to the west of Korokoro Stream providing a future opportunity to further bring Taranaki Whānui’s cultural identity to the heart of the reserve.

Document and links

If you have any questions on these plans, please contact TeAraTupua@nzta.govt.nz

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