Makeover for summit of Titirangi under way

'Eight thousand cubic metres of earth will be removed'.

'Eight thousand cubic metres of earth will be removed'.

A CHANGE IN VIEW: The redevelopment of the top of Kaiti Hill on Titirangi Reserve was due to start today. The Observatory will be demolished, and 8000 cubic metres removed from the knoll below, over the next two months. Traffic will be one way during the work for safety reasons. Picture by Liam Clayton

Demolition and site works for the redevelopment of the summit of Titirangi (Kaiti Hill) started today.

Work to remove the earthquake-prone observatory building and stabilise the land will be done over August and September in preparation for landscaping and planning of the new multi-purpose facility to begin.

“Eight thousand cubic metres of earth will be removed from the knoll where the current structure sits so the land can be stabilised,” said project manager Ranell Nikora.

Queen’s Drive will be limited to one-way traffic for the duration of the work.

Traffic management will be in place and contractors on site during daylight hours Monday to Friday, and potentially weekends (weather dependent).

Vehicles travelling up the hill will need to exit over the summit down Titirangi Drive to Endcliffe Road.

“With the number of truck movements anticipated, for safety the road needs to be one way, and we ask everyone using the road over the hill to be alert and take extra care.

“We also understand this will increase traffic in the residential area. However, it will be safer for everyone using the maunga.”

The project manager said they were in contact with organisers from Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti to work in with the Titirangi/Kaiti Hill Everest Challenge due to start in September.

“We appreciate patience from the community while the work is being completed and aim to keep disruption from noise, dust and traffic to a minimum.”

The work received archaeological authority through Heritage New Zealand and has been delivered as part of the summit redevelopment project, in partnership with Ngati Oneone.

“The gun emplacement will be tidied and the area landscaped before October.”

The council and iwi will develop the concepts for a new multi-purpose building and will engage with the community on designs over the next year.

Demolition and site works for the redevelopment of the summit of Titirangi (Kaiti Hill) started today.

Work to remove the earthquake-prone observatory building and stabilise the land will be done over August and September in preparation for landscaping and planning of the new multi-purpose facility to begin.

“Eight thousand cubic metres of earth will be removed from the knoll where the current structure sits so the land can be stabilised,” said project manager Ranell Nikora.

Queen’s Drive will be limited to one-way traffic for the duration of the work.

Traffic management will be in place and contractors on site during daylight hours Monday to Friday, and potentially weekends (weather dependent).

Vehicles travelling up the hill will need to exit over the summit down Titirangi Drive to Endcliffe Road.

“With the number of truck movements anticipated, for safety the road needs to be one way, and we ask everyone using the road over the hill to be alert and take extra care.

“We also understand this will increase traffic in the residential area. However, it will be safer for everyone using the maunga.”

The project manager said they were in contact with organisers from Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti to work in with the Titirangi/Kaiti Hill Everest Challenge due to start in September.

“We appreciate patience from the community while the work is being completed and aim to keep disruption from noise, dust and traffic to a minimum.”

The work received archaeological authority through Heritage New Zealand and has been delivered as part of the summit redevelopment project, in partnership with Ngati Oneone.

“The gun emplacement will be tidied and the area landscaped before October.”

The council and iwi will develop the concepts for a new multi-purpose building and will engage with the community on designs over the next year.

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