4 Feb 2016

New Plymouth marae given all-clear

12:33 pm on 4 February 2016

A new marae in New Plymouth has been given the all-clear after an investigation found no significant contamination.

Ngamotu Marae project coordinator Shaun Keenan.

Ngamotu Marae project coordinator Shaun Keenan. Photo: Laura Maxwell

Te Ātiawa hapū Ngāti Te Whiti plans to build a $6 million marae at Ngā Motu beach.

There hasn't been a marae in the city for more than 150 years.

The area was previously used for oil exploration and production, and it was later the location of a community of baches.

A Taranaki Regional Council investigation found no significant contamination from oil and gas activities, but some low-level asbestos residue from bach-building material.

The asbestos is a safety issue for workers during excavations, but it can be addressed.

Construction of the marae is due to begin mid-year.

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