The realignment of Taipō Stream at Park Island has begun with the commencement of the 5 week earthworks construction phase.
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is creating a more natural, meandering flow in the stream to improve water quality and wildlife habitat; increase the flood capacity; improve amenity values and provide recreation opportunities. The stream is being returned to close to its pre-earthquake alignment for this 700 metre length, when it was used by Māori to harvest seafood. The cultural history of the Park Island area extends back to one of the original inhabitants of Hawke’s Bay, Māhutapoanui, who lived on a pā on the island.
Gair Contracting is doing the earthworks on this large project, which has also been designed allow for the future expansion of HB Hockey with an additional two fields. The contractors have already spread soil over proposed new hockey area and brought it up to the correct level.
“There’s a positive interest from the neighbours who are looking forward to the outcome, which will be a great asset to the community,” said Antony Rewcastle, HBRC Open Space Development Officer.
He says that Gair Contracting has made an impressive start in ideal conditions, and dust control has been particularly effective, ensuring residents and sports ground users aren’t affected.
Planting of the new stream sides and wetland is planned for winter.
6 April 2016
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