Wednesday, December 9, 2009
The Ngai Tahu banner is flying high on the construction site of the new Christchurch City Council chambers. Formerly home to the New Zealand Post Office, the building is owned by Ngai Tahu and is currently undergoing a massive $113-million overhaul to make it ready for the council. The Joint Venture Project is on budget and on time and it’s going to look quite spectacular when it’s finished, with grand entrances on both the south and north sides of the building.
And like the new Ngai Tahu-owned Post Office Precinct in Queenstown, the Christchurch building will benefit from Ngai Tahu Property’s new Pouwhenua Project – the placing of designed-based markers (made by Ngai Tahu artists) on Ngai Tahu-owned properties, so that iwi members can visit iwi sites and see an obvious connection with their own heritage. It’s going to be quite exciting to see what happens here in Christchurch on this prime location. www.ngaitahu.iwi.nz