New ferry services get green light
Ferry services between Hobsonville Point and downtown Auckland are set to begin at the start of next year after a property developer and Auckland Transport agreed to jointly fund a new wharf.
Auckland Transport is funding 80 per cent of the $2.85 million wharf project, to replace an existing wharf at The Landing, with the rest coming from the Hobsonville Land Company.
The company is also investing in new roads and a park and ride service to complement the ferry service.
Auckland Transport chief executive David Warburton said Hobsonville Point's "potential for coastal development... makes it an important point on our Waitemata Harbour ferry network".
Hobsonville Point is a new community on the peninsula which juts out into the upper Waitemata Harbour. It takes up 167 hectares of coastal land and as well as residential properties it has a playground, cycleways, walking tracks and a café. A primary school will open at the start of next year and a secondary school in 2014.
Hobsonville Land Company chief executive Chris Aiken said it would be great to have the ferry service up and running by the time the new primary school opens for the 2013 school year.
"Working families moving into the area for schooling can know they have an easy commute down the harbour to the CBD as an option," he said.
Brian Perry Civil will build the wharf with construction scheduled to start next week and be completed before Christmas.
The wharf, designed by Architectus, will have a large public deck and a roof and side panels to provide protection from the weather. Stories of Hobsonville Point will be told visually on a series of panels.
The wharf will also include a sculpture by Virginia King inspired by traditional eel traps, or hinaki. The work is meant to be a symbol of protection of the waters of the Upper Waitemata Harbour.
A new road under construction will enable buses serving the peninsula to drive down to The Landing to connect to the ferry.