December, 2019The site of Ngai Tahu Propertys 300-plus Queenstown housing
development, neighbouring Gorge Rd, officially became a new plac to
call home this month.
The former Wakatipu High School site will now be known as Te Pa
Ngai Tahu Property has planned a 300-plus housing development on the
site, which will include up to 100 KiwiBuild apartments.
During this months site blessing, the former Ngai Tahu chief executive,
the late Tahu Potiki, was also honoured.
Mr Potiki died in August he was present when Ngai Tahu Property
officially announced the development on the site in March.
Mana whenua working party member Paulette Tamati-Elliffe said the
group, of which Mr Potiki was a member, reflected on their whakapapa
in choosing a name for the development.
"Our whakapapa is everything to us it brings everybody and everything
together and we considered this place here, and what it meant to our
people of the past, of the present and the future.
"Te Pa Tahuna is a fantastic opportunity for us to restore our traditional
names back on the whenua [land] but it also lends itself to providing the
concept, or a name, that is about a home ... for our people, whoever
they may be.
"Today is about celebrating those ancestors of the past who left their
footprint here for us to follow and, going forward, well see many, many
more people traverse this land, but it will always be a home."
Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult said he was "delighted" the site was
to be used in "such an appropriate manner" and he looked forward to
"the community coming alive".
"I really look forward to seeing the first people move into this site."
Ngai Tahu Property chief executive David Kennedy said the council had
stood beside the company for a "long time" while it worked with the
Crown to bring the idea to fruition.
Working with the mana whenua had resulted in a shared vision which
would influence the development.
That would be seen in the cultural artworks around the development,
sustainable green spaces, and ensuring Te Pa Tahuna provided warm,
comfortable home for Queenstown residents.
"We are very grateful to the mana whenua of this unique part of Te
Waipounamu for gifting the name Te Pa Tahuna. It carries the stories of
the generations who have valued this area for centuries and reflects the
aspirations of the people who live and work in this amazing place today.
We look forward to delivering homes that live up to the promise
embodied in this name."
Source: Otago Daily Times
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