Cycle Action enjoys working closely with the people in suits around Auckland and Wellington who play a big role in how and when we get $$ for cycling. I also have special respect and high regard for the contracting teams who are building the new cycleway projects, and their Communications teams. It’s time Auckland said a massive thanks to them all, as they are change agents supremo!
People who cycle the NW cycleway frequently tell us stories about the staunch crews building the Transport Agency’s new cycleways beside SH 16. They’re working long hours in all weathers, are quick to open construction gates to keep the cycleway open, and wave us on our way with a smile.
I enjoyed chatting with Rico and Shannon at the bridge opening – I told them how impressed we are by the superb finish to the concrete deck of the bridge, as it makes for such a smooth ride and adds to the pleasure of our trip. In response they told me how they were looking forward to bringing their families to ride the bridge.
Another highlight of the opening as the karakia by project kaumatua, Nick Tapiki. I was glad the Communications team provided the greeting in both Maori and English, so we could all appreciate the beauty of text written by Nick and his wife.
Ka tangi te titi The Tui is calling
Ta tangi te Kaka The kaka is calling
Ka tangi hoki ahau I wish to call
Tenei Mauri ora Behold there is life
Nga hau e wha To the four winds (East, west, north, south)
Nga iwi e tau nei – Tena Koutou and people gathered here, greeting
Ki a Papatuanuku to Mother Earth
e tatoko nei lying there
Te hikoi ao tatau tipua as we walk as one
Tena koe, tena koe, tena koe Greeting, greeting, greeting
Ki a koe
E Rangi-te-po Our Father above
E titiro mai nei Looking down on us
Kia ora Koe Thank you
Nga mate aitua o koutou The dead, the afflicted, both yours and ours
Ka Tangihia We lament for them
I tenei wa At this time
Haere, Haere, Haere Farewell
Karanga mai ia matau e whai nei Call us to seek
I nga Taonga I nga tipuna The treasure of our forebears
No Reira apiti hono atai hono Therefore depths to depths
Te hunga mate, te hunga mate To bless death, to bless death
Te hunga ora, te hunga ora To bless life, to bless life
Tena Koutou Katoa Greetings to you all
Thanks to Nick and Sarah from the Causeway Alliance.