Historic human bones have been unearthed on a new section of the Waikato expressway in Huntly.
The "koiwi", or pre-European, bones were found in a shell midden, or rubbish site uncovered by contractors laying culvert between Ralph Road and Lake Kimihia.
READ MORE: * Beachfront restaurant forced to close after Maori bones discovered * Human bones discovered during Mapua construction * Pre-European bones discovered in Long Bay * Human bones found in Taranaki cliff "This discovery was made by the kaitiaki and the project archaeologists working alongside each other, which is exactly what should happen."Kaitiaki, or guardians, are based at the road works site to observe any areas of cultural significance under agreed protocol, she said.
"It is very humbling, my marae is over the hill, and my hapu here, it could be one of our family. Are you tired of the New zealand bar & club scene, coming home to an empty house, lonely tables-for-one at those romantic New zealand restaurants, disastrous blind dates set up by your matchmaking friends, New zealand local singles groups, singles events and meetings with no results??"We expect it along the expressway due to the land, as there are a lot of settlements here.We try to do a lot of work before excavate so we know the more likely sites where we will find things."Clark said NZTA worked hard to align new highways away from any sites of significance."It's a very busy site with a lot of earthworks going around, at this stage contractors can go and work at other places on the site they have open.
It's great to be able to be involved and recognised."Once the koiwi has been removed, examined and the site investigation was complete the koiwi will be reinterred at Taupiri Urupa by kaumatua.Sign up to receive our new evening newsletter Two Minutes of Stuff - the news, but different.