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We are embarking on an exciting journey to map out the future of the Whāingaroa Harbour.

This is our opportunity to look at how the harbour can be enhanced over time to better-connect Whāingaroa and the surrounding communities that rely on it for living, working and traveling.

The strategy will consider things like:

  • Moving people and goods around the harbour
  • What infrastructure may be needed
  • Walkways and cycleways to get people to and from the harbour and between jetties
  • Initiatives for the harbour edge
  • Recreational activities that could take place in the harbour

We will also look at how we can make it easier for remote communities to access Whāingaroa via the wharf and consider questions such as whether the wharf should be a point where people can catch ferries from or charter boats.

We’d like you to come on this journey with us and help shape the future of this important space.

What is the purpose of a strategy?

A strategy helps us to understand where we are going and why. It also helps to ensure the decisions we make in the future are moving us in the right direction and reflect the aspirations of the community for the future of the harbour.

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know more? We’ve put together some FAQs below to help answer any questions you may have.

The Whāingaroa Harbour Strategy is a plan for the enhancement of the harbour to better-connect Whāingaroa and the surrounding communities.

It is an aspirational yet practical plan which will outline how the harbour will look and function in the future and will provide guidance on which projects may be needed to make it a reality.

It is important to have a plan in place so that we know where we are going and why. It also ensures everything we do moving forward is well thought out and reflects the aspirations of the Whāingaroa and surrounding communities for this important space.

This is a long-term visionary document which will take a 30–50-year view of the harbour.

It will complement the work that you will start seeing soon on the other projects. However, this strategy will go a step further and create a vision for the future of the harbour and outline what would need to happen to make it a reality.

Once the strategy is finalised, we’ll have a better idea of what these steps would be. These could include working with community groups to achieve some of the actions in the strategy and a range of projects for inclusion into future Council Long Term Plans.

We’ve been granted $2.5 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to improve the Whāingaroa wharf and harbour, now and in the future. This funding has been split across four projects, including the strategy, to upgrade and enhance the existing wharf.

Once the strategy is complete and we understand what the future of the harbour will look like, we’ll need to consider which projects we will need to undertake to get there and how those will be funded.

We have reviewed feedback gathered in previous consultations with the community and will use this information as a starting point for the Whāingaroa Harbour Strategy. We will be looking to the community to help us to further shape this strategy and expect to speak to residents in late 2021 and again in early 2022 to hear their thoughts on what is important to them for the future of this space.

Together with the Raglan Community Board, we are working closely with iwi, key stakeholders and the Whāingaroa community to create this plan.

Community feedback is important to us. We know that those who live in Whāingaroa know better than anyone what the future of the harbour should look like.

Over the coming months we will be asking the community how they use the harbour now and what is important to them for its future. This feedback will be used to develop ideas on the direction the strategy could take.

We will keep the community updated throughout the process.

There are several projects underway to improve the existing wharf including:

  • Whāingaroa Wharf Structural Repair project – An investigation into the condition of the existing wharf and whether any structural improvements are needed.
  • Pontoon Design and Build – An investigation into the feasibility, design and construction of a new pontoon at the Whāingaroa wharf.
  • Whāingaroa Wharf Walkways project – A project to create plan, design and construct walking and cycling pathways around the Whāingaroa wharf.
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