Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones opened Taipā's $19 million bridge recently, improving transport infrastructure in the Northland region.
The two-lane bridge is 107m long with a 2.5m-wide shared walking and cycling path, and will reduce the congestion that the old one-lane bridge was notorious for. The project had also included stormwater improvements which had drastically reduced flooding at Taipā Area School.
Taipā’s bridge was one of 10 one-way bridges that the former National government promised to upgrade but never did. Hence, the opening of the new two-lane bridge also fulfilled a broken promise of the previous government.
Also unveiled yesterday was a pou whenua, or carved post, which serves both as a local war memorial and a monument to Kupe and another great voyager, Te Parata.
The pou replaces a more humble memorial which had been located in a nearby carpark and, like the bridge, was designed in collaboration with local iwi Ngāti Kahu.