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Kaikōura’s Waterfront Upgrade Hits New Milestone

Work is expected to get under way on Kaikōura’s Wakatu Quay project over the next few months.

The Kaikōura District Council has approved the detailed design for the first building on the proposed waterfront development and hopes to have a contractor signed up by the end of July.

A restaurant or hospitality business is being sought for the first building of the waterfront upgrade, which is expected to be a big drawcard for tourists and locals.

Council chief executive Will Doughty said the council the project has already had strong interest and it will be put out for tender this month.

‘‘It is a big step forward. It has gone through a few iterations and a special consultative procedure to get to this point.

‘‘It is another milestone in the programme and hopefully now we can get into the building phase.’’
The council received a $10.18 million grant in 2019 from the Provincial Growth Fund, which is administered by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment’s Kānoa - Regional Economic Development and Investment Unit.

The grant kickstarted the Kaikōura Marine Development Programme, with the council planning a mixed use development with a seafood theme, and a mix of hospitality, local artists, fishing and tourism businesses.

It is hoped the first building will up and running for the summer of 2025/26.
There has been significant public input into the design of the project, Mr Doughty said.

The council chose to take the lead on the project after consulting with the community last year.
Architectural practice Warren and Mahoney has been working with the council on the design.

The council has also been seeking expressions of interest for a tenant to operate in the first building, which will be council owned and is intended for hospitality.

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