New look for Gisborne Airport

Terminal upgrade blessed.

Terminal upgrade blessed.

AIRPORT OF THE FUTURE: Air NZ staff and commuters walk beneath the tahuhu, installed along the roof of the new terminal at Gisborne Airport. Picture by Strike Photography

Gisborne Airport has a new look, with a tahuhu carving installed as part of phase one of the terminal development.

Derek Lardelli designed the tahuhu, or spine, that runs the length of the terminal’s ceiling. The CNC computer controlled carving on plywood panels was fabricated by Makers of Architecture, developed in partnership with consultant Karl Johnstone and Tennent Brown Architects.

“The tahuhu represents Manaia, the mana of the people. It carries the aspirations of the people,” he said at yesterday’s opening ceremony and blessing.

Regional infrastructure company Eastland Group operates Gisborne Airport on behalf of owners Gisborne District Council, and is building the new terminal in two stages while keeping the airport operating.

“It’s an honour to celebrate the opening of the first stage of our new whare,” Eastland Group chief executive Matt Todd said yesterday.

“And it’s an honour to partner with Ngai Tawhiri, who have mana whenua over the area.”

The new terminal is being funded by Eastland Group ($2 million), their shareholder, regional development trust Trust Tairawhiti ($5 million), and the Provincial Growth Fund ($5.5 million).

Trust Tairawhiti chairman Dr Paul Reynolds highlighted the collaborative approach to develop a modernised terminal.

“It will be a powerful enabler for economic growth in the region.”

Thelma Karaitiana of Ngai Tawhiri said it was new for the hapu to be involved in such a major development.

“To achieve meaningful collaboration with Eastland Group has required layers of cultural responsiveness, very good communications and creativity.”

Gisborne Mayor Rehette Stoltz joined the other speakers in thanking everyone involved for their shared vision.

Minister for Regional Economic Development Shane Jones has previously visited the terminal to see the progress and yesterday said it was great to see the project hit a major milestone. “This will make a real difference in Tairawhiti.”

Gisborne Airport has a new look, with a tahuhu carving installed as part of phase one of the terminal development.

Derek Lardelli designed the tahuhu, or spine, that runs the length of the terminal’s ceiling. The CNC computer controlled carving on plywood panels was fabricated by Makers of Architecture, developed in partnership with consultant Karl Johnstone and Tennent Brown Architects.

“The tahuhu represents Manaia, the mana of the people. It carries the aspirations of the people,” he said at yesterday’s opening ceremony and blessing.

Regional infrastructure company Eastland Group operates Gisborne Airport on behalf of owners Gisborne District Council, and is building the new terminal in two stages while keeping the airport operating.

“It’s an honour to celebrate the opening of the first stage of our new whare,” Eastland Group chief executive Matt Todd said yesterday.

“And it’s an honour to partner with Ngai Tawhiri, who have mana whenua over the area.”

The new terminal is being funded by Eastland Group ($2 million), their shareholder, regional development trust Trust Tairawhiti ($5 million), and the Provincial Growth Fund ($5.5 million).

Trust Tairawhiti chairman Dr Paul Reynolds highlighted the collaborative approach to develop a modernised terminal.

“It will be a powerful enabler for economic growth in the region.”

Thelma Karaitiana of Ngai Tawhiri said it was new for the hapu to be involved in such a major development.

“To achieve meaningful collaboration with Eastland Group has required layers of cultural responsiveness, very good communications and creativity.”

Gisborne Mayor Rehette Stoltz joined the other speakers in thanking everyone involved for their shared vision.

Minister for Regional Economic Development Shane Jones has previously visited the terminal to see the progress and yesterday said it was great to see the project hit a major milestone. “This will make a real difference in Tairawhiti.”

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Winston Moreton - 11 days ago
"The new terminal is being funded by Eastland Group ($2 million) and their shareholder, regional development trust Trust Tairawhiti ($5 million)..."
First, TT is not a "regional development trust". It is an electricity consumer trust. Second the $7 million local money came from ECT because the funds were committed before it was suddenly renamed.
I calculate the renaming will have cost at least $100,000 of our community money. I am hoping Mr Lardelli, the designer, has been properly rewarded for his tahuhu and for his time and artistic input to the renaming project. Te tahuhu, as pictured, just does not look like any traditional wharenui ridge pole I have ever seen and I have slept under plenty.
More importantly, how will the $7 million (essentially electricity trust money) assist the ordinary beneficiary of the trust? The answer is it won't. Air travel is beyond the means of the majority of the Gisborne Tairawhiti electricity consumers - hardworking householders who have been funding this trust without any benefit or relief from the highest power charges in NZ since 1993.
It was reported last week that Northland and Gisborne have the highest rates of "in-work poverty in NZ", so why are our trustees spending millions on things that suit their lifestyles and not reducing our power bills? Every time I fly I seem to see our Trust Tairawhiti and Eastland Group chiefs sitting up in the front seats. I once challenged the trust chairman, Dr Paul Reynolds, about trust-funded travel. Now at least he has the grace to look embarrassed when he sees me at the boarding gates.

Bob Hughes - 10 days ago
When carbon-neutral becomes the norm, will we have any further use for the airport?

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