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Whāingaroa Wharf Projects
In 2019, Waikato District Council and the Raglan Community Board received funding from Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) for the redevelopment of the Whāingaroa wharf and wider harbour.
This funding has been allocated to four exciting projects which are underway to transform the wharf and wider harbour now and in the future.
- Whāingaroa Wharf Walkways project- The construction of an eastern and western walkway at the wharf to improve pedestrian access for all ages and abilities. Includes other amenity and safety improvements such as a new balustrade around sections of the wharf, improved lighting, tree planting, seating and storytelling features such as signage and artwork.
- The Pontoon Design and Build- A new pontoon at the eastern side of the wharf.
- The Whāingaroa Wharf Structural Repair project- Repairs to the existing wharf.
- Whāingaroa Harbour Strategy- A plan for the future of the Whāingaroa Harbour to better-connect Whāingaora and the surrounding communities.
For more information on each project head to www.shape.waikatodistrict.govt.nz/whaaingaroa-wharf-redevelopment-project.
Wharf Project and Harbour Study Update
We’ve completed investigations, including, consultation with key stake holders, under water mapping and arborist and geotechnical surveys, and have confirmed the layout of the pontoon. We are now wrapping up final details before we move to the next stage of this project.
In the coming months, we’ll look for a contractor to construct the pontoon and finalise its design. We’ll have more details on how the pontoon will look and what else may be included in the project once this stage is complete.
Construction is expected to start in mid-2022.
As part of this project, we are planning to create a western and eastern walkway at the wharf. The western walkway will feature tidal steps and terraces to improve access to water in two locations and will connect the existing walkway at the end of Wallis Street to the wharf. The smaller eastern walkway will connect the wharf to the proposed location for the new pontoon.
We’ll also carry out other amenity and safety improvements such as a new balustrade around sections of the wharf, improved lighting, tree planting, seating and storytelling features such as signage and integrated artwork.
In 2021, we asked for your feedback on two options for the western walkway. We received more than 100 responses from the community with the majority favouring option one.
This option features tidal stairs that are located closer to the wharf which will provide longer access to the water at all tides.
We are now working to finalise this design and will continue to keep you updated as we progress. Construction is expected to start in mid-2022.
Last year, we asked you to tell us what was important to you for the future of the harbour. During this time, we received feedback from more than 100 residents, stakeholders and hapū representatives. Some of the key themes include:
- Improving and protecting the health and wellbeing of the harbour
- The harbour should be a space for recreational activities such as swimming, kayaking, jet skiing, boating and fishing
- Development should reflect the natural environment and be in line with the current look and feel of the wharf.
Taking into consideration the feedback we have received, we are now working on a draft of the strategy and hope to have it ready to share with you in late March 2022.