Marae de­lighted with new stair­way

The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - JENNY LING

The Wai­tangi Marae com­mu­nity are over the moon with a new stair­case link­ing the foot­path to the fore­shore.

Nga¯ti Rahiri Ma¯ori Komiti ad­min­is­tra­tor Waireti Paora says the steps will make it eas­ier for kauma¯tua and kuia to have ac­cess to the beach di­rectly across the road from the marae.

It’s also great for mem­bers of the public, and will be much ap­pre­ci­ated dur­ing busy times like Wai­tangi Day cel­e­bra­tions, she says.

Be­fore the in­stal­la­tion of the steps, peo­ple had to clam­ber up and down rocks to get to the beach.

The Nga¯ti Rahiri Ma¯ori Komiti has been cam­paign­ing for the work to be done by the Far North District Coun­cil for about two years, Paora says.

Paora says it’s a big achieve­ment.

‘‘It’s been quite re­ward­ing work­ing with the coun­cil to pro­vide this walk­way.

‘‘I’ve seen el­derly peo­ple strug­gle to get down onto the shore­line. It makes it eas­ier for the public to visit Wai­tangi.

‘‘It may seem like a small thing, but it’s a big thing.

‘‘Its worth in value is go­ing to be huge.’’

Paora thanked Bay of Is­lands/ Whangaroa com­mu­nity board deputy chair Belinda Ward for her guid­ance. ‘‘She’s been bril­liant.’’

Komiti ad­min­is­tra­tor Waireti Paora, FNDC’S Mike Cole­brook, marae trustee Hinewhare Harawira, Belinda Ward and marae kuia Alice Hirini.

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