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Blessing of main street redevelopment

Gemmells blessing lowres

The new main street redevelopment, Ahi Kōmau – Gemmells on Parade, was officially blessed by Kiwa Hammond on Monday morning.

In carrying out the whakawaerea, Mr Hammond recognised the history of the Marine Parade buildings by acknowledging the past and looking forward to an exciting future.

Wairoa Mayor Craig Little said the upcoming opening of the long-awaited redevelopment is a momentous occasion for Wairoa. “This journey started many years ago with the burnt-out main street buildings. Through perseverance from the Wairoa District Council and a partnership with Kānoa – Regional Economic Development and Investment Unit, we are going to have a new hospitality, retail and training space that includes a community courtyard.

“This has been a challenging project that has survived the COVID lockdown, spiralling cost increases and the effects of extreme weather events. Gemmells on Parade is about the bigger picture. Combining the old with the new is a tribute to the history of these buildings and those who have gone before us, while keeping our eyes firmly set on the future. Thank you to everyone who has supported us in getting this far.”

Three tenants have been secured for the space, Gemmells – Café, Bar and Restaurant owned by Layton and Ange Gemmell, Beauty Antix beauty treatment business owned by Amber Forrest and Jays Nutribox owned by Jay Byun with the redevelopment set to open just before Christmas.

29 November 2023

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