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Maraetai Wharf overhaul to begin shortly

Media Release
29 October 2001

Maraetai Wharf overhaul to begin shortly

The Maraetai wharf is to get a facelift with work managed by the Manukau City Council beginning in the next three weeks. The overhaul of the much loved and used landmark will have strength, safety and longevity as its triple focus.

The sometimes vicious storms that lash the Clevedon coast was a determining factor when it was decided to re-engineer the 52-metre wharf. In effect the only original part of the wharf to remain will be the piles.

“The wharf is a precious amenity for the Maraetai community and it has been nearly 30 years since its last major overhaul. Maraetai would not be Maraetai without a wharf and without this timely work that was a real possibility”, said Colin Dale Manukau City Council’s City Manager.

The overhaul will be managed in three stages. The first stage will see the replacement of the eastern handrail, the fitting of non-skid material to the stairways and the rebuilding of the landing.

All of the remaining handrails will be replaced in stage two with all of the galvanised bolts being replaced with stainless steel equivalents in stage three. In addition, lighting and replacement signage will also be erected to improve safety and security. The entire overhaul will cost approximately $50,000.

“It is pleasing that this work will be finished before Christmas so residents and visitors are able to use the wharf with confidence over this holiday period and many more in the future”, Colin Dale said.

Media Contact:
Gabrielle Hinton
Media Liaison
Corporate Communications
Manukau City Council
Phone: (09) 2628900 x 8650
Fax: (09) 2625759
Email: ghinton@manukau.govt.nz

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