Bones find forces path change

"We have discussed this new public route with iwi."

LEIGHTON KEITH
Last updated 05:00 11/02/2013
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ANDY JACKSON
Sergeant Warren Wipatene (blue) and Detective Mike Aro (white) look at the discovered remains.

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The discovery of human remains in cliff tops south of New Plymouth's Back Beach has lead to a new path being established through the area.

A human skull was found by a walker in the cliff tops in April 2012.

Following discussions with iwi, the New Plymouth District Council decided to close the existing unformed pathway that crossed the newly discovered urupa, parks manager Mark Bruhn said.

"Instead, a new unsealed car park will be established near the corner of Centennial Dr and Beach Rd to indicate the entrance to a new path to the beach that will avoid the urupa," Mr Bruhn said.

Next week flax would be removed from the lower part of a paper road between Centennial Dr and the beach, and would be transplanted into bare areas to encourage people on the path to stay away from steep drop-offs and avoid the urupa.

Mr Bruhn said the paper road passed close to a wetland, so the flax relocation needed to be done now while the soil was dry.

"We have discussed this new public route with iwi and the Taranaki Herpetological Society, and we're all happy with it," he said.

"We'll eventually install pole markers to indicate the route, and the flax bushes will be repositioned in gaps where people could otherwise get too close to the cliff's edge for their safety."

The council hopes to have the new route ready for use by the middle of the year.

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