Honiana Te Puni Reserve is situated at the northernmost point of Te Whanganui a Tara Wellington Harbour, at the Western end of Pito-One. In future it will be the northern gateway to the Ngā Ūranga ki Pito-One section of Te Ara Tupua.
The reserve is named for Honiana Te Puni, a Te Atiawa rangatira who signed Te Tiriti o Waitangi in 1840. In the 19th century, Honiana Te Puni Reserve was part of the broader area of Pito-One Pā and Te Tatau o te Pō Pā, with urupā (burial grounds) and gardens nearby.
The reserve land was returned to Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika (Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust) as part of their Treaty settlement.
Planning for Te Ara Tupua has reinvigorated conversations about the long-term future for Honiana Te Puni Reserve. These conversations have been led by Te Ara Tupua Mana Whenua Steering Group, and a plan and vision have been developed jointly by Taranaki Whānui, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, and Hutt City Council.
Hutt City Council has approved applications made under the Reserves Act 1977 to enable these works. The new buildings and other changes have also required resource consents which are being considered together with the Ngā Ūranga ki Pito-One section of Te Ara Tupua under the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020.
Stage one: Construction
The first stage of changes at Honiana Te Puni Reserve will be during the construction of the Ngā Ūranga ki Pito-One section of Te Ara Tupua. During this phase, the western end of Honiana Te Puni Reserve will be used as a construction yard to support the build and will be closed to the public for approximately three years.
The Tāwharau Pods, three architectural pods, will be constructed at the eastern side of Honiana Te Puni Reserve. This will be their temporary location until Te Ara Tupua is complete. Designed to provide a more active Taranaki Whānui presence at the reserve, they will host cultural and community activities.
Integrated Clubs Building
A new purpose-built building will be constructed to accommodate both the Wellington Water Ski Club and Wellington Rowing Association at the eastern end of the reserve.
Both clubs have been closely involved in the design process for the new integrated building. The requirements of both clubs will be provided jointly including storage, a new clubroom facility, new publicly accessible parking spaces, and access to the harbour for both clubs.
Stage 2: Vision
The second stage of this project will follow the conclusion of Te Ara Tupua construction and includes steps to restore and enhance the western side of the reserve. At the end of construction of the path, all temporary buildings, material and construction equipment will be removed from the reserve. The area will be brought to life as a significant place of cultural and community identity.
The existing Honiana Te Puni pou will be reinstated and a new sculpture, will be placed to the west of Korokoro Stream. A second new sculpture, Te Parororangi, will serve as the gateway to Honiana Te Puni Reserve from Te Ara Tupua.
The Tāwharau Pods will be relocated to the western half of the reserve during this stage. They will be able to be accessed directly off the shared path.
A new multi-purpose whare is planned to the west of Korokoro Stream to bring Taranaki Whānui’s cultural identity to the heart of the reserve.
The name of the new whare is still to be confirmed and the design will reflect the cultural history of the people, the whenua and the harbour.
Find out more
In November 2020, we held two information days to talk with the community about details of these plans. You can view the materials we showed on those days on our information boards.
- Te Ara Tupua information boards [PDF, 5.9 MB]
- Hutt City Council decision on the Reserves Act application(external link)
- Te Ara Tupua consent application (Environmental Protection Authority website)(external link)
If you have any questions on these plans, please contact TeAraTupua@nzta.govt.nz