The seawall on Paekākāriki Beach, which has been in place for 38 years, is to be replaced.
The current seawall has deteriorated to the point where it has needed regular maintenance for a number of years and would require a major upgrade to continue to effectively protect The Parade and other public infrastructure. The heavy seas in February 2017, which damaged a section of the wall, has highlighted the fact that the structure is no longer effective.
The Council has undertaken significant community consultation with residents, the Paekākāriki Community Board and a community design group about replacement options for the seawall.
A concept design for a new seawall was approved in August 2015 and resource consent for the seawall was granted by the Greater Wellington Regional Council in May 2016. However, as part of a Council-wide review of expenditure and debt levels the Council is now taking a bit of a pause while it works through options for replacing the seawall.
Affordability will be a key consideration in any decision that is reached as the Council needs to balance the community's aspirations with the need to apply a fair and consistent approach to coastal management across the district while continuing to operate within its financial means.
Options for the replacement seawall will be consulted on as part of the Council's 2018-38 Long term plan in early 2018.