Kaiapoi Riverview Terraces & Boardwalk Officially Open

Another Regeneration milestone was celebrated recently, as large crowds gathered for the official opening of the Kaiapoi Riverview Terraces and boardwalk.

Image of Mayor David Ayers Opening Kaiapoi Riverview Terraces and BoardwalkKim Manahi of Tuahiwi performed a Māori blessing before Mayor David Ayers ‘cut the ribbon’ to officially declare the Terraces and boardwalk open.

The official opening ceremony was timed to coincide with the Kaiapoi River Carnival and Boat Show, naturally providing the perfect place to watch the afternoon’s happenings on and around the river.

The terraces and boardwalk are a culmination of a number of projects, including the building of a new river wall, the repair and reconstruction of the stopbank and the development of the commercial block adjacent.

Several distinct design elements have been incorporated into the space, such as patterned paving bricks, wide planks, wooden seating and Māori and Pākeha words.

Design Explained: Kaiapoi Riverview Terraces and Boardwalk Riverview Terraces and Boardwalk

There’s more than meets the eye with the Kaiapoi Riverview Terraces and Boardwalk. Take a moment to uncover the meaning of its features and design.

The contemporary look of the terraces and boardwalk is intended to reflect the design of the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre and library on the opposite side of the river.

Instead of running parallel to the river, the Terraces follow the line of the neighbouring building (the Port & Eagle Brewery & Bar).

Following the line of this building provided space for a straight boardwalk and allowed the terraces to cantilever out to the river for the planned pontoons.

The design also allows for the next phase of commercial buildings planned for the area.Poem Written on Terrace Steps

Various elements that have been installed make reference to Kaiapoi’s Māori and maritime past. The terrace seats have been designed to look like the stacked, sawn timbers which were once transported from the Kaiapoi wharf. The handrails and lights nod to Kaiapoi’s maritime history and the wide decking timbers resemble a wharf.

As you walk along the boardwalk stop, reflect and feel the two beautiful Kōhatu (touchstones) inset in concrete on the boardwalk.

The Māori design elements were provided by the Matapopore Charitable Trust, the design arm of Ngai Tahu. Utilising local renowned carver and artist Fayne Robinson’s expertise, they created a meaningful collection of Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu values and narratives.

The patterned paving stones on the boardwalk represent a woven mat (Whāriki) while the Tāniko (weaving design) was sand blasted on to the terrace planter walls. This pattern signifies the land masses of the surrounding landscape and the places of settlement near the waterways, therefore acknowledging the river's importance for providing transport and mahinga kai (food source).

The Ngāi Tūāhuriri Pepeha (tribal saying) on the terrace steps reads, "I ahu mai oku ture I toku tupuna ko," meaning, ‘My laws stem from my ancestor Tuahuriri.’

Visitors will also notice a poem on the Terraces by Peter Stobbe, winner of Kaiapoi’s ‘You, Me, We, Us’ post-quake poetry competition.

Let the river run forever,
Through floods and quakes
We stand together

The council would very much like to acknowledge the people who have given their time and expertise to this wonderful project.

If you have any further questions please email regeneration@wmk.govt.nz