Waka uncovered to be tree trunk

Some Mahurangi residents have been proved correct after the so called waka discovered in Puhoi by motorway contractors has been confirmed to be nothing more than a kauri tree trunk.

The trunk was discovered on April 16 during construction and was originally thought to be a partially complete waka.

However, after being completely excavated from the site this week archeologists could confirm that it was a 17-metre long kauri tree.

Hokai Nuku spokesperson Gena Moses-Te Kani agrees with this assessment, but requested the tree be buried close to where it was found.

After examination they have agreed to bury it near its original location rather than preserve it.

New Zealand Transport Agency senior manager project delivery Chris Hunt says despite the disappointment he is pleased with the way contractors responded to the discovery.

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