Work on the $4.698m Paihia Wharf upgrade project, contracted to United Civil, is now expected to be complete in late January. We expect the four new pontoons on the new South-East extension to be operational by Christmas, with just finishing detail work taking place in January. Wherever possible this work will be scheduled at night so as to minimise disruption over the peak season.
The upgrade has included widening the main wharf walkway which was previously heavily congested three times a day. This will result in a much more open and pleasant experience, allowing the public to better enjoy the wharf. A public dinghy dock will be built, and an additional two pontoons installed to provide four extra commercial berths. A new pier will service these berths. A sewage pump will be installed on the fuel jetty to relieve pressure at the Opua pumping station and to encourage vessel masters to pump out holding tanks there instead of at sea.
The Provincial Growth Fund has contributed $3.77m to this project.
Bellingham Marine has completed work on the $1.447m pontoon at Opua Wharf. The first vessels to tie up there formally will be elements of the Tuia-Encounters 250 fleet as part of the commemorations marking the first encounters between Maori, Tahitians and Europeans. Tall ships Endeavour, Spirit of New Zealand and the Bay of Islands’ very own R. Tucker Thompson will be in Opua on Saturday 9 November and Sunday 10 November and can be explored between 10am and 3pm.
About Far North Holdings Ltd
Far North Holdings Limited (FNHL) is responsible for managing and operating the commercial activities of the Far North District Council. These include Port Opua, Bay of Islands Marina, Kaitaia and Bay of Islands Airports, Paihia Maritime Buildings and Paihia Wharf, Williams Road Car Park and the Kaitaia Education Campus.
FNHL’s mandate includes the support and development of economic activity in the Far North.
Since 2005 all of FNHL’s trading surplus has either been distributed to the Far North District Council or reinvested in property and infrastructure within the Far North District. The Far North District Council estimates that without this financial contribution general rates would have been approximately four percent a year higher, each year, over this period.