Designed to cater for up to 700 users a day, the new Punanga Nui Market toilet block is now in full service.
The new toilet block forms part of re-organisation planning for Punanga Nui Market and was constructed to eventually replace the toilets located along the main road next to Reefside, which have been prone to flooding.
The project started in October last year with the installation of a secondary wastewater treatment system that services both the Are Pa Metua and new toilet block.
Local contractors involved were Taio Builders, Rarotonga Plumbing and Ru’s Electrical and construction was completed over a few months.
Appropriately designed, by Sally Hosking-Naea, Cook Islands Investment Corporation’s Designer and Project Officer, the toilet block includes disability toilets, a baby changing room, access ramps for wheelchair access, and has been designed in way to be easily cleaned and maintained by staff, so the public can have practicable and hygienic facilities to enjoy.
It is conveniently located next to the playground, eateries and stage, Are Pa Metua and not too far from Te Taua Terevete.
The toilet facilities were opened on 28 July with a small blessing and opening attended by Minister for Punanga Nui Market George Angene, local MP Albert Nicholas, Pu Tapere for Rangiura, and representatives from Punanga Nui Market and Cook Islands Investment Corporation.
Facilities have been open for public use since 29 July and there have been many positive comments to date.