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Tirohanga Whānui walking, cycling bridge opens

Tirohanga Whānui walking, cycling bridge opens

In a bid to see
more Maori structures intergraded into Auckland
communities, a new walking and cycling bridge
on the North Shore has been bestowed with a Maori name
and features Maori designs. As Harata Brown reports, mana whenua played an important role
in the construction of the $10 million project. A new path made specially
for this community. The Tirohanga Whanui Bridge crosses over the Northern Motorway
directly in to Albany. The artist behind its imagery says
the name for the bridge is a reference to the historical
narratives of the area. This area and this hill here beside us is where the waterways used to flow. In past times, our ancestors would come here
to these hills to look at the water and determine
where they’ll set off to. The original Maori place name
for the Albany area was Okahukura which references rainbows
and waterways. And just like its name, the bridge also includes
a new watermain. The bridge is just over 100 metres and it’s part of
Auckland Transport’s Northern Corridor
Improvement Project to build over 7km of walking
and cycling parts in the area. Indeed, a new path with panoramic views
for the Albany communities to enjoy. Harata Brown, Te Karere.

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