Work to install power cables to the city centre is on hold after contractors uncovered human bones buried at Robbins Park.
The human bone fragments were discovered by Northpower contractors laying power cable recently in the park end of Monmouth Street next to the new police station.
The Robbins Park site where koiwi bone fragments were dug up.
The fragments have since been analysed as koiwi, or human bone, and placed in the care of the Ngai Tamarawaho iwi.
Work has been postponed while archaeologists continue to sift through the dirt for further remains and attempt to establish how long the fragments have been buried there.
Ngai Tamarawaho kaumatua Peri Kohu is unsure how long the bones have been buried there but is hopeful the continuing investigation will offer more information.
Historically, the area has been used as a burial ground along as a dump for domestic waste, says Peri.
Once the investigation concludes the bones will be blessed and returned to the site.
“They will be marked with a GPS location on them, so we can safeguard them from future digging in the area.”
CFG Heritage Ltd archaeologist Peter Holmes could not comment on the find.