by wynyardmm on 13 Aug 2017


Te Atatu Ceremony mo Nga Pou Atua e wha Te Kohatu Manea o Ngati Manu me Te Kohatu Herenga Waka.
Ngati Manu Te Iwi in association with Far North Holdings Ltd

Dawn Blessing for Next Phase of Opua Marina Expansion
Friday, 11 August 2017, 9:38 am
Bay of Islands

A dawn unveiling ceremony at Bay of Islands Marina in Opua August 11th, at 5AM : conferred the blessing of Tangata whenua Ngati Manu on 149 new marina berths and work which will start soon on the next phase of the marinas expansion project.

Four Pou Atua were unveiled (Tawhirimatea, Rongomaraeroa, Tangaroa, Hinemoana) and a Bluestone touchstone (Te Kohatu manea o Ngati Manu) representing local hapu Ngati Manu. Also there is a commemorative anchor stone (Herenga Waka).
These will frame the entrance to the marina and acknowledge the richness of Maori history in the Opua basin, a feature thought to be unique throughout the marinas in Aotearoa.

The next stage of the project will see the construction of apartments, shops, offices and a landscaped recreational area specifically designed to benefit the wider Opua community.
The area has for decades had a rather sterile and industrial feel to it said Andy Nock, chief executive of Far North Holdings, which owns the marina.
We have successfully completed the reclamation stage of the project and work will now start on turning this place into one of the main centres for our community. Thats good for everyone; the people who live and work here, the people who want to berth here, and the businesses who have set themselves up here.
Mr Nock said Far North Holdings was in partnership with tangata whenua Ngati Manu on this journey out of respect for the heritage of whanau, hapu and iwi.
Arapeta Hamilton, speaking for Ngati Manu, said it was appropriate that the marina extension featured the story of his people. He said Opua had been about boats and trading since his entrepreneurial ancestor Pomare II lived at Otuihu Pa in the 1800s. He said, too, that local Maori wanted a cleaner Taumarere River and a good relationship with developers was important in achieving that.
The Pou Atua have been installed at Ngati Manu recommendation and guidance, there were commissioned from local Kaiwhakaaro Maori Carvers Rua Paul and Renata Tane Jnr by Far North Holdings. Each pou has been rendered by a senior Maori carver there are 4 in total.
1. Rongomaraeroa, the god of Peace, offering a kumara plant as a peace symbol.
2. Hinemoana, the goddess of ocean currents, waves, seafood and fish.
3. Tangaoa the god of sea creatures. He is in the form of a whale, a supreme being of the deep held in high prestige by Maori.
4. Tawhirimatea, the god of wind. He is represented by a spiralling column of air reaching for the eye of a storm.
TOUCHSTONE. Ko Te Kohatu Manea o Ngati Manu
The touchstone (Kohatu Manea) was gifted by the people of Ngati Manu from their own rock quarry in Karetu. This is shaped as a bird head. People are encouraged to touch it, whereupon a persons negative energy is said to dissipate.
The commemoration anchor rock depicts water ships of historical days as whalers and travelling ships berthed and transported trade goods at Opua, Bay of Islands.
The wider financial benefit to the region of the marinas expansion is estimated to be in the order of $23 million a year from the fifth year of full operation, through longer stays, a greater number of visitors and the associated repair and maintenance work that will flow into the burgeoning Opua marine services hub.
Opua Business Association says businesses in the town could enjoy a 44 percent growth in turnover and that about 60 new jobs could be created.
Work on the water is almost complete. 149 new berths have been built, bringing the total on offer to 400. They and the piers, which have been named after local fish species, have been built to a high standard. Many little details speak to the influence that Ngati Manu has had.
The waterfront recreational area is due to open to the public by the end of the year, along with an improved, fully-sealed parking area adjacent to the public boat ramp and the apartment and retail building currently under construction. It will feature lawns, native plants, a boardwalk and a landscaped area with seating, barbeques, a performance and entertainment stage and a play zone for children.
The final stage of construction will see the development of another apartment and commercial building on the reclaimed area. No dates have yet been set for this work.

About Far North Holdings Ltd
Far North Holdings Limited (FNHL) is responsible for managing and operating the commercial activities of the Far North District Council. These include Port Opua, Bay of Islands Marina, Kaitaia and Bay of Islands Airports, Paihia Maritime Buildings and Paihia Wharf, Williams Road Car Park and the Kaitaia Education Campus.
Since 2005 all of FNHLtds trading surplus has either been distributed to the Far North District Council or reinvested in property and infrastructure within the Far North District. The Far North District Council estimates that without this financial contribution general rates would have been approximately four percent a year higher, each year, over this period.
FNHLtds mandate includes the support and development of economic activity in the Far North.

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