Work to Start on Second Laneway

Work to Start on Second Laneway

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Work will start on Hawera’s second laneway project, Korimako Lane, next week as part of South Taranaki District Council’s town centre revitilisation plan.

STDC Project Coordinator, Phil Waite, says the Council purchased and demolished a vacant building in July 2017 to pave the way for the new lane.

“The Council is combining two projects into one contract; the creation of Korimako Lane (an attractive pedestrian thoroughfare which will connect the Napier Street carpark to High Street CBD) and the refurbishment of the existing Grubi Arcade Building into a new retail space.”

Mr Waite says there will be some disruption when work starts as both the Grubi Arcade thoroughfare and public toilets will be closed.

“Hawera Hospice has generously agreed to let members of the public use their shop (during business hours) as a thoroughfare from the Napier Street carpark to High Street. People will also have to use the toilets either at Cornishes Carpark or the Water Tower once construction starts,” he says.

Mayor Dunlop says the Korimako Lane project is part of a wider strategy to make the Hawera Town Centre a more distinctive, attractive and vibrant place.

“The Hawera Town Centre Strategy is about the Council showing leadership and looking at how we can enhance business confidence and private investment in our main town centre so the district is seen as a desirable place to visit, live, work and do business,” says Mayor Dunlop.

The open-aired Korimako Lane will be a combination of paving and greenspace, in a similar style to Campbell Lane. The Korimako (Bellbird) is recognised as a symbolic messenger and orator to local Iwi in South Taranaki.

Bizlink Hawera (Hawera Business Association) Coordinator Nikki Watson, says it’s great to see the Korimako Lane project start.

“Bizlink has been very supportive of the Council’s Town Centre Strategy. There has been a lot of work gone into the planning and preparation, so it’s fantastic to see projects like this get underway,” she says.

“With a number of new businesses being established and building developments underway there is a real feeling of positivity and confidence in the town.”