Marae delighted with new stairway
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.