Tūhoe set to open new complex

By Mere McLean

The grand opening of the new Tūhoe authority complex, valued at $15 million is expected to take place on March 8 in Tāneatua.

Says Tamati Kruger of Te Uru Taumatua, that “the building is in budget and over 3000 people are expected to attend its opening next month”

Indeed the countdown has begun until the opening of this complex and according to the developers they are within the budget.

According to Tamati Kruger of Te Uru Taumatua, “The costs remain the same, it [the buildings overall cost] did not go over the $15 million mark.”

Tūhoe currently has a number of projects on the go, including the ongoing hearings with the Māori Select Committee regarding the settlement with the second reading of the bill in Parliament in June. However, it is clear that a long road remains for Tūhoe.

He adds that “We are getting closer, with the knowledge that a lot of work remains for Tūhoe to follow up.”

For the last 10 months over 100 people have worked on this site, 70% of tradesmen employed are of Tūhoe descent, who have also employed locals to landscape the area before the grand opening.

Tamati also adds that “The workers there know that time is getting away, so you would see them there late at night till 9 or 10pm working, also those who are planting the plants.”

A 10-hour concert is set for opening day which will include the likes of 1814 and Ardijah to headline the momentus occasion.