Iwi bless project ahead of construction
Ngāti Toa kaumātua, led by rūnanga head Taku Parai, recently held a blessing at the foot of Haywards Hill. The blessing came in the lead-up to Stage 1 of construction work starting.
Iwi were joined by the construction crew and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency staff for the ceremony, which called for spiritual guidance and protection over the project.
“It was a pleasure to be there for the blessing of this project. We’re really grateful to Ngāti Toa,” said Chris Nally, Project Manager.
“This is a very important project for us and the community, so the support we're receiving from iwi is greatly appreciated."