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Sand from wharf project to help Westshore

Napier Port and Napier City Council are excited to be working together with the community to continue the protection of the Westshore Beach environment.

For the last three years, Napier Port has been working with stakeholders of the marine environment, including Westshore residents, throughout the development of its 6 Wharf project which will build the region’s ability to ship growing cargo volumes.

The project received resource consent earlier this month, including the approval of a new disposal site for dredged material five kilometres off Marine Parade. However, the Port and NCC have worked together to ensure sand that’s appropriate for re-nourishment will go to its existing disposal area just off Westshore Beach.

Council and the port have both been actively involved in the Clifton to Tangoio Coastal Hazard Strategy 2017, which seeks to build resilience of the communities along the Hawke’s Bay coast line, including Westshore.

Napier Port and Napier City Council have agreed to:

  • Napier Port continuing to put dredge material suitable for re-nourishment at its inshore disposal area. This will come from maintenance dredging done every few years to keep the shipping channel clear and when the shipping channel needs deepening at the later stages of the 6 Wharf project in 10-15 years;
  • Napier Port continuing to monitor the environmental impacts of disposing at the inshore site and immediately ceasing that work if there are adverse effects on the wider marine ecology; and
  • The establishment of a stakeholder group, with representatives of Napier City Council, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, Napier Port, Westshore residents and other community stakeholder, to manage the disposal of sand at the inshore site.

Napier Port Chief Executive, Todd Dawson says minimising any impact on the environment from the 6 Wharf project has always been Napier Port’s top priority.

“We want to ensure that the environment, particularly Pania Reef, is protected for future generations. From the start, our approach has been to work alongside stakeholders and have the best scientific information to help us achieve that – and 112 consent conditions ensures those intentions will carry through the lifetime of the project.

“This agreement will mean Hawke’s Bay can reach its economic potential, while helping the community of Westshore manage its erosion problems,” Mr Dawson says.

Napier City Council Chief Executive, Wayne Jack, says Westshore is an important part of the Napier community.

“We’re working together to take advantage of this opportunity to help protect Westshore. This won’t be a silver bullet to stopping erosion at Westshore Beach but it will go some way to slowing it down while we are working on a longer term solution.”

“Getting all the parties around the table and using the scientific data that the port gathers is a vital step in finding a longer term fix,” Mr Jack says.

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