MIL OSI – Source: Whangarei District Council – Release/Statement
Headline: Restoring Ngunguru’s landmark sea walls
10/08/2017 9:44 a.m.
Ngunguru’s 100-year old sea wall will be restored starting with the section across the road from Ngunguru School in the next month.
This $500,000 job will start at the intersection of Ngunguru Road and Te Maika Road and extend just past the school.
The stone wall along that stretch will be renovated, the concrete footpath will be extended from in front of the School to Ngunguru Road and the existing steps down onto the beach outside the school may be upgraded.
Ward Councillor Anna Murphy said this is the first part of a three-stage sea wall restoration project which will extend further along Ngunguru Road.
“Many residents have a keen interest in restoration and improvements to the sea wall all the way along the river and will be very pleased to see this work, stage one of the whole project, begin,” she said.
“We are hoping to gather lots of ideas at a drop-in session at the Ngunguru Memorial Hall from 4pm to 6pm on Friday 25 August, so we can build them into our planning before we apply for a resource consent for stages two and three of the work. Everyone is invited to come along, have a look at the plans so far, ask questions about what’s coming up and make suggestions.”
Project Engineer Damien Wilkinson said the walls were highly valued by the community, not just for the work they do protecting trees and preventing erosion. People park beside them, picnic, go for walks, swimming, boating or fishing from them.
“The views from them over the river to the sand spit are spectacular, so we’d like to make the most of them,” he said.
Ngunguru sea wall renewal
Te Maika Rd (area in front the school)
Work to begin in October 2017
Selected for the first stage because of safety concerns raised by the school
Ngunguru Rd (from just north of the shops south to Kakariki Rd)
March 2018 (after summer)
Biggest portion of the works
Feedback is sought from the community before resource consents are applied for
Papaka Rd (the length of the road which interfaces with the estuary)
Work to begin late 2018
Small section of wall and access points will be renewed
Possibly a hardstand for car parking