Whitipoua Bridge, Masterton

Abseil Access is extraordinarily proud to be a part of the completion of the Whitipoua Bridge over the Waipoua River in Masterton – our 90th bridge we’ve worked on. The bridge was designed to be accessible, with ramps at each end and a capacity of 100 people.

Masterton District Council approved the construction of the bridge in 2020, with resource consent then required for the site near Bentley St and Railway Cres. The bridge will serve as an important connector for the Masterton community, allowing foot and cycle traffic to cross the Waipoua River with ease.

The bridge stands at 50m long and is rated to hold 100 people, ensuring it is capable of serving the people of Masterton strongly well into the future.  Speaking to Stuff.co.nz, Masterton mayor Mayor Lyn Patterson said:

“This is a beautiful bridge, with an important link to mana whenua that highlights the significance of the environment and the history of this place.”

The occassion was marked by Mike Kawana of the local iwi with a karakia to bless the bridge. Adorning the siding of the bridge is 50 paewhiri (tōtara board carvings) representing past, present and future – these were provided by the Manawhenua Iwi lead by Sam Te-tau.

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