Piers to get $1.8m revamp
Fishing tales could be taking a back seat to refurbishment tales at Tutukaka Marina over the next five months.
A $1.8 million project to replace and revamp the original piers started last week.
Tutukaka Marina Management Trust chairman John Warren says the work will be done on piers A through to E, which were built in 1985.
The wooden structures are now corroding and will be replaced with new concrete floating pontoons.
The piers' half-length fingers will be replaced by full-length ones, which will run the length of the boat.
Each boat will also have a dedicated power outlet, with the power supplied by a pre-paid smart card.
"The advantage is that owners will only pay for the power that they use and it doesn't require staff to go around reading metres," Mr Warren says.
Last year the trust asked the Whangarei District Council to underwrite a loan of up to $750,000 for the work but Mr Warren says that is not needed. The project is being funded by the trust's reserved funds, plus a contribution from berth holders. The work will take a month on each pier and during that time the 32 boats will have to be relocated.
Mr Warren says 99 percent of the boats are being moved within the marina, with a few going to Whangarei's Town Basin.
About a dozen boats have people living aboard and Mr Warren, who lives aboard himself, says they should not be too inconvenienced.
"Their boat will move to a different pier while it's going on and they will probably get sick and tired of the noise from the barge driving poles in eight hours a day."