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The Whāingaroa Wharf Structural Repair project

We’re carrying out essential maintenance work which will help to future-proof the wharf. This includes repairing some areas of concrete and steel that have worn away over time on the underside of the wharf.

Safety is important to us, and to keep our contractors and visitors to the wharf safe during construction there will be times when parts of the wharf will be closed.

There will also be a lot of noise produced by these works. This will be limited between the hours of 8am-5pm on weekdays and, when necessary, from 8am-12pm on the occasional Saturday.

We are working closely with businesses at the wharf and with residents living nearby to manage any disruption during the project. We’ll also keep the community updated throughout the project period so you know what to expect when you visit the wharf.

What’s happening now?

To carry out the maintenance work underneath the wharf, we’ve set up platforms which will allow us to access the areas where repairs are needed. The platforms will be lined to prevent any debris from falling into the water below while work is underway.

It is a tricky balancing act to work with the tides underneath the wharf. At low tide the platforms will need to be lifted for us to reach the areas we need to however, on high tides there won’t be enough room for us to work.

This means keeping a close eye on the tides and being as efficient as possible when the conditions are just right.

under wharf

Project milestones

  1. November 2021
    Initial inspection of wharf and need for detailed assessments established.
  2. January 2022
    Detailed inspection and assessment of the wharf carried out.
  3. August 2022 onwards
    Undertake under wharf structural repairs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know more? We’ve put together some FAQs below to help answer any questions you may have.

Will I still be able to visit the businesses at the wharf while work is underway?

Yes, you will always be able to visit the shops and eateries at the wharf throughout the project period.

Is the wharf safe?

Yes, even though some areas require repairs and maintenance, these repairs are necessary to enable the continued use of the wharf into the future.

What issues were identified?

The assessment identified several areas in the existing reinforced concrete beneath the wharf in need of a touch-up or replacement which is common for wharf structures of this age. Some areas of the wharf have been repaired in the recent past so we are looking to repair some of the other areas to make sure our community will be able to use it long into the future.

How long will the repairs take?

The maintenance work is expected to take around three months to complete and will be finished before Christmas.

Will the wharf still be open to the public during this time?

Safety is important to us, and to keep our contractors and visitors to the wharf safe during construction there will be times when parts of the wharf will be closed.

However, you will always be able to access the shops and eateries at the wharf while work is underway, and the boat ramp will remain open at all times.

We’ll keep the community updated throughout the project period so you know what to expect when you visit the wharf.

How will WDC minimise any negative effects on the environment while the repairs are underway

We’ll work with our contractor closely to ensure any potential effects on the surrounding environment will be mitigated and closely monitored. Caring for the water and surrounding environment is a top priority.
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