Tereni ‘akamarama’anga no te ta anga’anga i te matakeinanga Avarua, kia rauka te turanga
matutu e te nakiro i te au anga’anga ka raveia.
Facilitating thoroughly sustainable, resilient land use and community development, for Avarua Township.
Punanga Nui Market
Te Tau Papa o Avarua Phase 1 Project (TTPAP1), is an Avarua Town Plan of infrastructure and landscaping activities that will be carried out in Rarotonga’s main central business district (CBD). The project area lies between Avarua Wharf and the Rarotonga Airport. Project implementation will be managed by a project management team at Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) with key stakeholders, the public and it is expected to take up to 18 months for completion.
Project initiatives include Avarua Township, the Punanga Nui Market (PNM) and Panama Reserve sites and propose to:
Greatly improve walkway, lighting, pedestrian accessibility and safety
Enrich the landscape with a variety of local flora to create a colour-filled aesthetic charm
Entice and promote greater use of public spaces and facilities
Redevelop existing public toilet facilities for a more comfortable end-user experience
Restructure and future-proof the PNM to open up greater potential for maintainable economic growth; and
Ultimately, support and help facilitate “Improved health and wellbeing” for all.
The funding for this project is under the New Zealand Infrastructure Trust Fund (ITF). The overall cost has grown since the estimated $5,750,000 New Zealand Dollar (NZD). This is due to increasing material costs as well as new inclusions that have been identified from having better recognition of the development and capacity required. Through consideration of key preliminary consultations, internal reviews and re-reviews, working and reworking of the concept design approach and relative cost packaging options, the budget proposed is now $7,600,000 (NZD). This budget was approved by the ITF steering committee in November 2022.