Kainga Depot opening marks new era

The redevelopment of our Kainga depot is now officially completed, with Council Chair Peter Scott and Chief Executive Stefanie Rixecker on hand to cut the ribbon on its opening day.

The new and refreshed depot provides a modern open-plan office for up to 70 kaimahi (staff).

Built adjacent to the existing Kainga Depot office buildings, the site features additional space for operational vehicles and equipment along with meeting and work spaces.

Corporate and Public Transport Services Director Giles Southwell said the depot's redevelopment was a welcome addition to the organisation.

"The Kainga Depot has been servicing, supporting and benefitting the surrounding area for decades, and due to ongoing demands throughout the organisation, there was a real need to provide a fit-for-purpose working space at this site," said Giles.

"It's fantastic to see the project come to a close and a big thanks has to go to everyone involved," Giles said.

Our Kainga-based kaimahi have been working out of old houses and sheds for many years and they are looking forward to working from their new environment where they will continue the important mahi (work) they do throughout our region.

While not open to the public (as it remains a working depot) the redevelopment will also help remove some pressure off the Tuam Street premises.

If you need any help or support visit our Tuam Street, Timaru and Kaikōura offices, or they can get in touch by phone and email where our knowledgeable and experienced Customer Advisory Team can assist with any queries and concerns.

Honoring Ngā Tūāhuriri's heritage

Surrounded by newly planted natives, the Kainga depot features a handwoven tukutuku panel designed specifically to tell the story of the area and its significance for Ngā Tūāhuriri.

Adding to the cultural importance, a stunning harakeke putiputi floral arrangement, made by kaimahi has been put in place, reflecting the significance of our relationship with Ngāi Tahu.

Ngāi Tahu Councillor Nuk Korako led an official blessing ceremony late last year. Kainga refers to ‘traditional Māori settlements.

The people of Ngā Tūāhuriri established settlements along the banks of the Waimakariri river, using the area for the provision of food, resources, fishing and as a gateway from East to West, to what is now known as Arthurs Pass to gather greenstone. 

At the entrance of the building, a large kōhatu/boulder sits in place, representing the ancient journey of water from the mountains to the sea and appropriately greeting visitors to the site.

Both Chair Scott and Stefanie were on hand to plant a kowhai tree, concluding proceedings and reflecting new beginnings.