View from Bluff Hill Lookout

Napier Port wants to hear your thoughts

Ahuriri is home to one of New Zealand’s largest international container terminals and forecasts show that Hawke’s Bay exports will continue to grow.

Napier Port wants to talk to its neighbours about plans to construct an additional wharf to accommodate growth and is asking for your feedback.

Napier Port will soon apply for a resource consent to construct the 350m wharf along the northern side of its container terminal and deepen the existing shipping channel from 12.8m to a maximum of 14.5m to allow for larger ships.

Napier Port CEO Garth Cowie says the Port has invested more than $90M in the last three years to operate efficiently within limited space but now the only way to future-proof the Port is to make room for more ships.

“The Port is an Ahuriri business. Some of Ahuriri Business Association’s members are our importers and exporters as well as local residents. We want to hear what you think of the plan so we can understand the different perspectives of our community,” Mr Cowie says.

Mr Cowie says while the Port is lodging a resource consent with Hawke’s Bay Regional Council later in the year, the development wouldn’t proceed until there is sufficient demand.

“Building a new wharf will take two years, so we need to be ready when we do reach capacity and larger vessels begin calling at the Port,” says Mr Cowie.

Napier Port is working with its neighbours, stakeholders and the wider community on the project and a number of independent, technical studies are also being carried out to understand any environmental effects.

To read more about the Port’s proposed development and submit feedback, please visit www.napierport.co.nz

Image: View from Bluff Hill Lookout. Artist’s impression: The new wharf would be constructed along the northern edge of the existing container terminal.