Public finally have access to the area along Oxford Terrace between Cashel and Hereford Streets. The Bridge of Remembrance is available once more.
Some people have asked why the “rusty” marks haven’t been removed. The bridge is made from a Tasmanian stone which contains iron that sometimes leaches out, and this can’t be cleaned away.
For years I sat on these terraces to eat my lunch, and I’m pleased they’ve been replaced.
The new terraces have inscriptions.
This one reads “Ko Otakaro te ingoa, noku tenei whenua.” My reo is very basic, but I think it means “My name is Otakaro (Avon), this is my land.”
On the west bank a descendant of the Gallipoli Lone Pine was planted last year to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landings. It has a strong protective covering.
“My lunch spot now has been renewed
and ducks again will beg for food.”