Community buildings and marine infrastructure investments in Ōpōtiki

Published: Aug 21, 2020

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A Provincial Growth Fund investment in Ōpōtiki will see public buildings upgraded and further progress made on new aquaculture opportunities.

At the announcement event on 31 July, Ōpōtiki Mayor Lyn Riesterer said the investment makes a huge difference for the community.

"These will be outstanding community assets. We are just over the moon to see these projects get off the ground. Knowing they have the double-benefit of boosting local businesses and employing local people makes it even better," Mayor Riesterer said.

Ōpōtiki Clubs Building Upgrade project — $169,686

This Ōpōtiki District Council project will see renovations made to the local golf club and rugby club. Funding will go towards refurbishments such as repositioning walls, replacing toilet and shower facilities, adding storage and upgrading kitchens.

Ōpōtiki Marina and Industrial Park — $8.8 million

This project will provide infrastructure for the Ōpōtiki Harbour Development including a 1.3 hectare basin, a wharf on the west bank of the Waioeka River, an access road and other infrastructure required for safe mooring of the dredge and support vessels involved in the harbour development project.

Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board — $5 million

Funding will be used to invest in Whakatōhea Mussels Ōpōtiki Limited’s (WMOL) mussel farm expansion and a new mussel processing facility. This funding will accelerate work and enable WMOL to upscale its operations and increase employment.

Mahi Ora Ōpotiki programme — $100,000

Funding will help connect employers with potential employees to meet the significant work demands of development in the Eastern Bay of Plenty – including the Government-funded Ōpōtiki Harbour redevelopment and WOML expansion. It will support development and implementation of a local workforce development strategy, providing an education to employment pipeline.