Construction starting soon!

Kia ora

Last year we asked for your feedback on three exciting projects to transform the Raglan Wharf and we are pleased to let you know from mid-August, we’ll be starting construction.

Firstly, we’ll be carrying out maintenance repairs on the underside of the wharf followed by the construction of the new pontoon, eastern walkway, kayak ramp and balustrade.

In this e-newsletter you’ll find:

  • Information about the works we will be carrying out and what to expect during construction
  • An update on the Whāingaroa Wharf Walkways project
  • An update on the Whāingaroa Harbour Strategy.

What to expect while work is underway

The maintenance work is expected to take around three months to complete and the construction of the pontoon six months to complete, finishing in April 2023.

Here is a bit more on what you can expect during this time:

Maintenance work

We’ll be carrying out essential maintenance work which will help to future proof the wharf. This work 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.

You’ll be able to visit businesses at the wharf at anytime throughout the construction period.

We’ll be carrying out the work in sections starting from the dolphin pier side of the wharf
We’ll be carrying out the work in sections starting from the dolphin pier side of the wharf

New pontoon, eastern walkway, kayak ramp and balustrade

If all goes to plan, from September we’ll then start work on the new pontoon, walkway and kayak ramp at the eastern side of the wharf.

To construct the pontoon and eastern walkway, we’ll start by building up the existing sea wall with rocks and then laying asphalt and concrete for the walkway and kayak ramp.

We’ll also use a deep-sea ocean drill to put three piles in place which will hold the new pontoon.

We’re still in the process of applying for consent to construct the pontoon but, if it is approved in the coming months, we expect to have the walkway, kayak ramp and piles complete before Christmas.

The pontoon itself will be built off-site and then brought to the site by truck and lifted by crane into position early in the new year. 

The boat ramp will open at all times throughout construction. 

Finally, early next year we will also be constructing a balustrade around parts of the wharf. This will be carried out in stages starting at the western side of the wharf. 

This is what the new pontoon will look like
This is what the new pontoon will look like
This is what the new pontoon will look like

Whāingaroa wharf walkways project

Due to a significant increase in construction costs since the start of Covid-19, we have had to stagger construction of the three wharf projects.

This means we currently do not have funding available to start on the western walkway, which includes tidal stairs, seating areas and other improvements to the look and feel of the wharf.

We have applied for consent for this project which means, when funding does become available, we’ll be able to get started straight away on the western walkway.

We’ll apply for funding in the next Long Term Plan and will be looking for other funding opportunities from the Government.

Whāingaroa Harbour Strategy

We are currently seeking feedback from the wider community on the draft Whāingaroa Harbour Strategy. You can view the draft strategy at  

Consultation closes at 5pm on August 3 2022. Following this, we’ll review any feedback we receive, as well as the very useful feedback we have already received from our mana whenua partners and key stakeholders, before finalising the document.   

For more information on these projects head to our website. We’ll continue to keep you updated as we progress

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