Devonport is described by those who live there as a charming seaside village just a ferry ride from the city lights.
But it wasn't always this way, as early as 1350 Maori have occupied the coastline setting up fishing stations, community gardens and settlements.
So it’s no surprise that the remains of many Māori are still buried there. Developers building at the old Masonic Tavern found out the hard way, their diggers were ordered to stop digging when they hit human remains.
For the past month nothing has happened at the site costing the owners time and money.