Wharf build­ing de­layed for con­sul­ta­tion

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Far North Hold­ings has agreed to a re­quest from Koro­rareka Marae to de­lay the con­struc­tion of the pro­posed new wharf build­ing there un­til the new en­tity that will rep­re­sent the com­mu­nity in the joint man­age­ment of the wharf has been es­tab­lished.

The marae has con­cerns over toi­lets be­ing in­cor­po­rated in the new build­ing, a re­quire­ment of the build­ing con­sent, and about the sewage pump-out sta­tion for non-com­mer­cial ves­sels that had pre­vi­ously been in­cor­po­rated in plans for the up­grade of the wharf, ex­press­ing cul­tural con­cerns around the is­sue of sewage over wa­ter.

Far North Hold­ings chief ex­ec­u­tive Andy Nock said a hold on work re­lat­ing to those fa­cil­i­ties would en­able fur­ther dis­cus­sion with the new joint wharf man­age­ment en­tity that would rep­re­sent the Russell com­mu­nity.

Other con­sented work pro­grammed for the wharf, funded through the gov­ern­ment’s Pro­vin­cial Growth Fund, would be­gin as planned on April 26, with the agree­ment of the com­mu­nity and the marae.

“This en­sures we start our part­ner­ship with the new en­tity in a mean­ing­ful way, re­flect­ing the gen­uine in­tent of both or­gan­i­sa­tions to work to­gether for the bet­ter­ment of Russell, rather than en­ter­ing into this re­la­tion­ship sur­rounded by spec­u­la­tion and mis­in­for­ma­tion that is dam­ag­ing and cre­ates a sense of un­ease and mis­trust from the start,” he said.

“We look for­ward to devel­op­ing a long-term and proac­tive re­la­tion­ship with the new en­tity that will rep­re­sent the com­mu­nity in the joint man­age­ment of the wharf.”

Koro­rareka Marae chair Deb Rewiri said the marae looked for­ward to the cre­ation of the new en­tity that would pro­vide a part­ner­ship process to dis­cuss and co-de­sign with the wider com­mu­nity of Koro­rareka/Russell wharf fa­cil­i­ties that would best fit fu­ture needs, that re­flected the con­cerns of tan­gata whenua, and were built upon the col­lec­tive wis­dom and vi­sion of all who chose to be a part of the process.

“We as Koro­rareka Marae have al­ways been ex­plicit in our at­tempt to clar­ify our in­ten­tion from the be­gin­ning of the ‘wharf di­a­logue’. This has been premised off gen­uine re­spect for the prin­ci­ple that peo­ple will agree to dis­agree,” she said.

“We con­tinue to speak from a place of align­ing to our tikanga.

“Ehara toku toa I te toa tak­i­tahi en­gari he toa taki­mano — my strength is not that of an in­di­vid­ual but that of the col­lec­tive.”

Other work on the $1.28 mil­lion project, con­tracted to Belling­ham Marine, would be­gin af­ter Easter, to avoid the peak tourism sea­son, and was sched­uled for com­ple­tion by the end of Au­gust.

Mr Nock said FNHL had con­sulted with reg­u­lar com­mer­cial users of the wharf, and had agreed to a sched­ule of works that would en­sure it re­mained op­er­a­tional through­out.

All el­e­ments of the wharf up­grade had been sub­ject to ex­ten­sive com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion, and FNHL had in­cor­po­rated changes that in some cases were in re­sponse to feed­back re­ceived.

Mean­while work on the $4.7 mil­lion Pai­hia wharf up­grade project, con­tracted to United Civil, was sched­uled to be­gin early next month, and com­pleted by the end of Oc­to­ber.

The Pro­vin­cial Growth Fund had con­trib­uted $3.77 mil­lion to the project.

Mr Nock said the up­grade would in­clude widen­ing the main walk­way, which was cur­rently heav­ily con­gested three times a day, of­fer­ing a much more open and pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence for greater public en­joy­ment of the wharf.

A public dinghy dock would be built, and two more two pon­toons would be in­stalled to pro­vide four ex­tra com­mer­cial berths, ser­viced by a new pier. A sewage pump would be in­stalled on the fuel jetty to re­lieve pres­sure on the O¯ pua pump­ing sta­tion, and to en­cour­age ves­sel masters to pump out hold­ing tanks there in­stead of at sea.

Belling­ham Marine would start work on the $1.45m pon­toon planned for O¯ pua wharf in May, with com­ple­tion sched­uled for Au­gust. The PGF had con­trib­uted $890,000 to that project.


Pai­hia’s wharf is about to un­dergo a $4.7 mil­lion up­grade.

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