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Kaipara Wharves

Wharves help people to connect with each other and enable transportation of goods.  

A water-based transport network will connect communities, support and attract residents, businesses and tourists to the Kaipara district.

The Kaipara Wharves project includes: 

  • Assessing what opportunities water-based transport would create for tourism and transport for Kaipara
  • Plan for phasing key wharf projects around other dependent projects (roads, kai and tourism)
  • Building Dargaville pontoon, and other wharves, as possible

Progress:

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Kaipara Wharves project about rebuilding existing wharves or building new ones?

Both. In Dargaville we are upgrading the existing jetty and building a new pontoon. In Pahi we are upgrading the existing jetty and new concrete pontoon and gangway. In Pōuto we propose a new wharf structure. We are also discussing options for three upgraded beach landings; at Otamatea marae, Oruawharo marae, and Waihaua marae.

Who will be carrying out the physical building works?

KDC procurement process has been approved by MBIE, as outlined in our funding agreements. This includes applying social procurement weighting where possible. This is also a way of partnering the ongoing ‘ownership’ and care of the asset, for example, for a particular marae. More details can be found in the Kaipara Water Transport Network and Wharves Feasibility Study, page number 87.

Why are there multiple options for wharves at Pōuto, but not Dargaville or Pahi?

At both Dargaville and Pahi we are upgrading an existing jetty. At Pōuto we are presenting three options for new infrastructure.  Several locations have been investigated before the preferred option (option 1) was recommended. Further detailed investigations will be completed once the proposed investment is confirmed.   

Will the wharf at Pōuto be for passengers only or is it designed to accommodate a car ferry service to Helensville?

The new Pōuto wharf is proposed to cater for charter/tourist vessels, fishing and recreation. The capability to cater for freight movements and larger vessel, will be considered in the detailed design. During investigations, transport options involving car ferries were considered, however these options were dismissed due to the high cost of capital investment required, commercial viability and sustainability issues.  There are no car ferry operations included within the first stage of transport network development. 

The Kaipara Harbour is an important resource for significant amounts of marine life. Have the Council and consultants investigated and determined when to undertake any works to have the least environmental impact?

The preferred investment option for Stage 1 was developed after considering commercial viability, sustainability, environmental impact and the cost of ongoing operations, including maintenance.  The ‘fit’ of many potential options were investigated and compared to ensure that Stage 1 development provided a connected platform for economic development. 

Kaipara District Council is a member of the Kaipara Harbour Integrated Management Group, an advisory group charged with improving the state of the harbour. Once the works have been finalised, KDC will be working closely with KHIMG, Kaipara Moana, and other advisory groups.

What support would be available to upgrade the marae for tourism?

The Government has provided a support package as a result of Covid-19. Contact Sharneece Joyce on sharneecej26@hotmail.co.nz for more information about joining conversations with Tai Tokerau. 

Is the Kaipara Wharves project about rebuilding existing wharves or building new ones?

Both. In Dargaville we are upgrading the existing jetty and building a new pontoon. In Pahi we are upgrading the existing jetty and new concrete pontoon and gangway. In Pōuto we propose a new wharf structure. We are also discussing options for three upgraded beach landings; at Otamatea marae, Oruawharo marae, and Waihaua marae.

Is the Kaipara Wharves project about rebuilding existing wharves or building new ones?

Both. In Dargaville we are upgrading the existing jetty and building a new pontoon. In Pahi we are upgrading the existing jetty and new concrete pontoon and gangway. In Pōuto we propose a new wharf structure. We are also discussing options for three upgraded beach landings; at Otamatea marae, Oruawharo marae, and Waihaua marae.