Whakatāne riverfront, boat harbour and Kāinga work accelerated

Published: Jul 2, 2020

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Speed, jobs and community confidence is the focus of a $2.5 million Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) acceleration package for Whakatāne, announced on 26 June.

A group of people seated inside for a PGF announcement.

Attendees at the PGF announcement on 26 June.

This investment will enable Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Awa Group Holdings, Te Rāhui Lands Trust and the Whakatāne District Council to speed up work on three projects – the Riverfront Revitalisation, the Commercial Boat Harbour, and the Kāinga development.

Mayor of Whakatāne Judy Turner says that this latest investment will be able to deliver the equivalent of 160 full-time jobs in the next six weeks.

"Getting these important roading, infrastructure and environmental projects happening quickly will provide urgent economic relief for the workforce, particularly those who have lost jobs through COVID-19,” says Mayor Turner.

"Whakatāne has been hit hard in the past six months, but we will rebuild and recover - these environmental and infrastructure projects allow us to get real people into real jobs, right now."

The Government made an earlier PGF investment through the New Zealand upgrade programme, announcing $36.8 million for the accelerated projects in March 2020.

The $2.5 million Whakatāne acceleration package will speed up the following projects:

  • Riverfront Revitalisation: This project is led by the Whakatāne District Council in partnership with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa. It will establish Whakatāne as a world-class, small town destination, and includes a significant upgrade to the riverfront promenade and the remediation and improved accessibility of the existing town wharf.
  • Commercial Boat Harbour: This project is led by Te Rāhui Lands Trust in partnership with the Whakatāne District Council, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Ltd. Situated on a 10.9ha block of Māori freehold land, this project will address the need for more berths and better protection from the dynamic river environment, increasing local economic returns.
  • Kāinga development: This project is led by Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Ltd. and Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa. The site of the Whakatāne Army Hall will be rebuilt as an iconic building promoting and celebrating the heritage, culture and stories of Ngāti Awa. It will provide a destination for recreational and commercial visitors, and provide a venue for community events.

$2.5m PGF funding to speed up economic recovery in Whakatāne — Beehive.govt.nz

Whakatāne to get $36.8m PGF boost — Beehive.govt.nz