Ferry repairs pushed back a day

Repairs to the damaged Cook Strait ferry Stena Alegra have been delayed by a day.

The ferry, which was brought to New Zealand to replace the crippled Aratere, will return to service for the 5pm sailing on Monday.

Its hull was gashed after hitting the wharf at Wellington in high winds on Tuesday.

Stena Alegra was supposed to return to service for the 8pm sailing on Sunday, but its return has been pushed back a day, KiwiRail spokeswoman Helen Corrigan said.

Freight and passengers would not be affected, she said. The Kaitaki will do the 8pm Sunday sailing.

The Dominion Post