Lower hatea crossing bridge

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August 1st, 2013

Representing prosperity and safe journey over water, the lower Hatea crossing in Whangarei, is an interpretation of a fish hook – a widely used motif in local maori culture. The bridge, designed by UK firm Knight architects, has been given the official name, ‘Te matau a pohe’, which translates to ‘the fishhook of pohe’. It is named after the maori chief Wiremu Pohe, who was responsible for welcoming the first european settlers to the region in the late 1830′s. Image - Knight architects. Really nice interpretation from a great international firm. However, I can’t help thinking that it would have been better coming from an NZ firm? – Brendan