Minister impressed at marina progress
Minister of Defence Kris Faafoi was in town last week surveying the work on South Bay Marina before he officially opened the year-long project on Tuesday.
He was very impressed with the work.
‘‘It’s a marvel of engineering and a marvel of funding, with a lot of organisations getting together to make it work.
‘‘The progress they’ve made here is pretty unbelievable.
‘‘Twelve months is not a long time but to make that much progress I am really impressed,’’ Faafoi said.
Civil Defence National Recovery manager Dave Brash said that most big projects often took a long time to complete and were done sequentially.
The steps to develop the concept, get the business case approved and funded would normally be followed by detailed design work and a consent process before starting construction work, which could be spread over 10 years.
The special legislation Hurunui/Kaiko¯ura Earthquakes Recovery Act passed before Christmas enabled the project to be sped up.
He said the excavated amount of 22000 cubic metres dumped at sea by barge would’ve taken years to consent, but environmental controls were put in place.
‘‘There was a requirement to consult with iwi and other environmental groups, but it was going to happen - it was just a question of consulting and then getting on with it,’’ Brash said.
NCTIR delivery manger for local authority and rail Justin Hall said the community now had a sounder and stronger structure than before.
Hall said it was the fastest, most efficient project he had worked on and was only possible because everyone had come together.
Major stakeholders included the Department of the Prime Min- ister and Cabinet (DPMC), Environment Canterbury, Kaiko¯ura District Council, Coastguard Kaiko¯ura, Whale Watch, Encounter Kaiko¯ura, and commercial and chartered fisherman, and the community.
The government initially funded more than $5million to help clear the harbour, the Coastguard Kaiko¯ura slipway and boat ramp. Marine-based tourism operators Whale Watch and Encounter Kaiko¯ura, together with Kaiko¯ura District Council made up the $1million shortfall in funding.
When changes were made to the boat ramp three weeks ago, other user groups stepped in to fund the work. Encounter Kaiko¯ura co-owner Dennis Buurman said a collective of commercial fisherman, tour operators and some of the bigger fishing companies got together to find the extra amount that wasn’t able to be done.
‘‘At the last minute we were told there wasn’t enough funding there and they would only repair the bottom portion of the ramp and so that’s when we called a meeting and decided we would all contribute to raise the funds and get the job done properly.’’
NCTIR project manager South Bay Marina Stu Haynes, Minister of Defence Kris Faafoi, Civil Defence National Recovery manager Dave Brash, Mayor Winston Gray and NCTIR delivery manager for local authority and rail Justin Hall at South Bay Marina.