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New Restaurants | Long Bay Restaurant (Auckland)


19th Nov 2013

* Closed for renovations. Last day was 21 April 2013
* Was supposed to reopen late Nov 2013
* Still closed until further notice.
* "koiwi", or pre-European, human bones found buried under building on 2 July 2013. article in North Shore times on 12 Jul 2013
* Latest article work on the building is at a standstill until a Historic Places trust decision is made.
* Apparently the renovations included a functions facility which has been fully booked from Oct 2013 - May 2014. ppl who have booked to hold functions there have been scrambling for a new venue. Many of these are weddings
Warehi Britton
20th Nov 2013
So bones more than 300 years old were found on the site. Who cares? If just does not make sense. I'll bet the owners of the restaurant are incensed with the delay. What sort of joke is the NZ Historic Places Trust?
Jamie Polo
22nd Nov 2013
What a knob head... Anyone would think you're trolling with such an ignorant comment.

Have some respect for the cultural history of New Zealand. It's more about respect of the tangata whenua... The HPT will be liaising closely with the local iwi groups, of which there are many.

And besides, would you like to dine in a place where restless spirits reside?

Warehi Britton
26th Nov 2013
Jamie I am not interested in the cultural history of New Zealand. Neither am I interested in or have any knowledge of "restless spirits". What in God's name are they?
26th Nov 2013
Unfortunately you're in the minority in regards to the cultural history of New Zealand. Looks like your eggs bene will have to wait~
Warehi Britton
27th Nov 2013
Zeocen I have no idea what you are referring to as "the cultral history of New Zealand". Italy and France have cultural histories.What does NZ have and how do you ascertain that I am in the the minority?
28th Nov 2013
The argument here is why should the property owner suffer lost income and costs. When these things happen access to the property should be paid for by the group who insists on the process of discovery. Regrettably it is the poor old business owner who wears the cost for someone else's passion for history. Perhaps the government should set up a trust for such occurrences.
Jamie Polo
28th Nov 2013
while unfortunate for the business owner (the property owner is Auckland Council) it was just bad luck that ancient remains were found on site...

The remains were found during excavations on essentially a beach front environment, one that happened to be host to Maori hundreds of years ago. What do you expect the HPT/ Council/ iwi to do - just move the bones and then get on with the redevelopment asap?

I'd say even in the 'old world' rich with thouands of years of history they would afford their dead respect.

28th Nov 2013
Jamie you obviously know nothing about business. My comments were reasonable and yours are very emotive. I agree we need to protect our history. It just shouldn't be at the cost of the poor bugger who is trying to run a business and employ people. No two situations are the same. Please think with your head as well as your heart.
Warehi Britton
29th Nov 2013
Foodiez you are exactly right. Nice to see sanity prevail. What are a few bones between friends?
28th Feb 2016

[Future of Long Bay restaurant decided]( Auckland Council. 18 January 2016.

[Long Bay restaurant development abandoned following bones discovery]( Maori TV 19 Jan 2016.

[Beachfront restaurant forced to close after Maori bones discovered]( Stuff 18 January 2016.

[Restaurant at Long Bay Regional Park remains closed as human bones found on site]( NZ Herald 17 Aug 2015.

Warehi Britton
29th Feb 2016
The closing of the Long Bay restaurant and the ongoing drama, is a disgrace. Who cares about a few bones?

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