In 2022, we will start building a 900m long timber replacement of the Paekākāriki seawall to improve protection of the road, infrastructure and the beach environment.
31 March 2022
The tender drawings for the first stage of the new seawall have been received. These drawings are designed to provide sufficient information for contractors to submit a proposal for cost and methodology. The tender documents are being prepared for release in May. A contractor will be appointed in mid-2022, and we expect construction to begin during the 2022/23 summer.
The first stage of the new seawall will be a 72-metre section near the Memorial Hall. It’s very similar to the original proposal wall design. It will include new 12- to-17-metre-wide stairs and a new ramp to the beach, as well as tie-ins to the existing wall. Also, as previously agreed with the community, locally themed artwork will be incorporated into the accessway.
The current seawall has deteriorated and needs to be replaced to continue to protect the road and other public infrastructure.
Following consultation with the community for the 2018–38 Long-term Plan it was agreed that Council would replace the wall with a concrete and rock replacement. However, since then costs and conditions have changed and this option is now unaffordable.
In the 2021–41 Long-term Plan, Council recommended and agreed to rebuilding the wall in timber, incorporating improved beach access and artistic elements agreed with the community. More than 70 percent of people who had their say on the seawall during consultation agreed with this approach.
The timber wall will cost approximately $17 million and will be built in stages over the next five years. The staged approach better suits local contracting companies and will enable us to plan construction for when the weather is more reliable. The wall’s design life will be 25–30 years.
The design is currently being finalised and will be made available early-2022.
As far as possible we will incorporate the objectives of the Paekākāriki Seawall Design Group and the Paekākāriki Community Board. This includes improving access to the beach for all users and incorporating an art and cultural thread in the design.
Affordability will continue to be a key consideration because Council must 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.
- Paekākāriki Seawall Community Presentation (12 Feb 2017)[PDF 828 KB]
- Paekākāriki Seawall Preliminary Design Drawings[PDF 5.04 MB]
- Paekākāriki Seawall Resource Consent Application (March 2016)[PDF 16.87 MB]
- Paekākāriki Seawall Resource Consent Certificate[PDF 234 KB]
- Paekākāriki Seawall Resource Consent Officer's report (2 May 2016)[PDF 463 KB]
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