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Tūhoe has opened a new building at Ruatahuna and is now looking to develop two housing projects in the village. The building, officially opened last weekend, includes at 24-hour fuel stop, cafe and laundry as well as tribal offices. Tamati Kruger, who chairs the Tūhoe post settlement organisation, Te Uru Taumatua, said the building cost $12 million and the aim was to reinvigorate Ruatahuna. Read...

A New Year at Te Tii

12 January 2018

What an incredible year it has been at Te Tii in Ruatāhuna. Six out of seven buildings are well on their way to being complete; the seventh being the public laundry and wharepaku building which can only start once the fuel tank is in the ground! A total of 20 dedicated and talented local residents have contributed to where we’ve gotten to on site and local marae have hosted those travelling in from out of town.   There are...

Closing In

20 October 2017

There are few places in New Zealand where you’d be this excited to get out of the rain. At Ruatāhuna, roofs are going on and walls are closing in allowing the team to work undercover inside. This image shows the Tribal Office building in the foreground, store and café building tucked behind and chalets in the distance. The chalet buildings are closing in nicely, with durable and cost-effective corrugated metal cloaking the roof...

Building the Bones

16 August 2017

Blink and you’ll miss the progress occurring at Te Tii. The team is ripping through the mahi and the appearance of site is changing daily. The ‘bones’ of the structure or timber frame is going up. This is what gives the buildings their shape and stability.  There’s a lot of work involved in getting six buildings framed at the same time so the workers have split into teams.    This photo shows how...

In preparation for the pouring of foundations, a lot of work has been put in by our local team; Saul, Moata, Darryl, Poutewha, Hone, Bonnie, Graham and the team from GRB Construction.   Over the past couple of weeks, Firth has delivered concrete to site for foundations and floor slabs under the Tribal Office, Store and Café buildings at Te Tii. The two and a half hour trip to Ruatāhuna from Rotorua took ALL of...

It’s always an exciting moment when you can say ‘we’re out of the ground’, meaning you’ve gotten through the bulk of earthworks, ground conditions are ticked off and you’re into foundations of the building.    This moment is even more satisfying when your site has been hit by not one, but two cyclones; when the main access road has been closed due to slips and washouts; and when...

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