Teaming up with Iwi

Environmental

Nov 17, 2016

The MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway route traverses culturally sensitive sites including a waahi tapu with an operating urupa (burial ground/cemetery/graveyard). The M2PP alliance has worked closely with iwi across all aspects of the project including urban design, ecological mitigation and monitoring, landscape design, archaeological monitoring and educational initiatives. The alliance has developed a specific protocol for working near culturally sensitive sites, including a first for a Transport Agency project – a permit to dig process where all permits have to be signed off by iwi prior to works commencing.

The construction process has led to the discovery of around 150 new archaeological sites – greatly increasing knowledge of pre-European activity on the Kāpiti Coast. These new discoveries have been shared with the public through open days held by the alliance, iwi and Heritage NZ. 

To raise awareness of iwi heritage and concerns, the alliance has produced three videos with key iwi stakeholders and local Maori production company Blue Back Productions for staff training.