Min­is­ter im­pressed at ma­rina progress

Kaikoura Star - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - PIPPA BROWN

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.’’

PHOTO: PIPPA BROWN/ STUFF

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.

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