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New Hawke’s Bay airport terminal opens to passengers

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Intricate panels and a few special and hidden features fill the renovated Hawke’s Bay Airport terminal.

Hawke’s Bay Airport’s multi-million-dollar redeveloped terminal has opened to passengers this morning after being closed for construction since 2018.

The new $25 million airport terminal designed by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott architect Chris Ainsworth features about 150-160 digitally designed and carved ceiling and wall panels designed by local artist Jacob Scott.

The panels tell the stories of the region, its history, the land, mana whenua, the region’s seven hapū, culture and flight.

The airport’s 29 ambassadors will also learn the stories of the panels so they can tell them to visitors.

Hawke’s Bay Airport chief executive Stuart Ainslie says the new terminal is “like a gallery” with lots of things for adults and kids to spot as they move through.

“I think it’s one of those spaces where the regulars, the more they look, the more they’re going to see.”

 

First published by Hawke’s Bay Today. Click here to read the full article.