Human bones found during Durham St works

Human bones were found back in March 2019. Image: SunLive/Daniel Hines.

Tauranga City Council has confirmed human bones has been found during the current construction taking place along Durham Street.

Acting General Manager Infrastructure Martin Parkes says bones were found in March 2019.

“The koiwi was analysed by Sian Keith Archaeology who determined that the remains were only fragmentary and no comment can be made of this person’s sex, height, or other bodily characteristics.

“There was no evidence of illness or injury visible.”

Rumours have been floating around the CBD saying this is why the works have taken so long.

“Archaeological findings, ground conditions and the need to relocate aged underground services have caused hurdles on the Durham Street upgrade project.

“Many of the pipelines were coming to the end of their useful life, some were over 100 years old, and in some places, there were up to 13 pipes where council’s plans only showed two pipes.

“It takes time to find out who owns the services and then how we deal with them,” says Martin.

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Posted on 20-06-2019 16:20 | By Jem762

Explore this find, involve Maori, and uncover more of our area’s history. This is incredibly important.

Same issues?

Posted on 20-06-2019 13:10 | By penguin

The new roundabout on Windermere Drive seems to have similar delays. Similar issues? It was flagged to begin preliminary work back in October. Still not finished....


Posted on 20-06-2019 12:01 | By Told you

Why hold up important work because a bone or two were found ,also how come the councils records are so far out of date regarding pipes,please don’t dig up any more roads as it likely to cost the ratepayers a fortune.