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New and improved Whaaingaroa Wharf officially opened

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Improvements at the Whaaingaroa wharf, including a newly constructed pontoon, kayak ramp and eastern walkway, were officially opened recently in a dawn ceremony led by kaumaatua Atutahi Riki of Ngaati Maahanga and Tainui.

Waikato District Council’s general manager of service delivery Megan May says the ceremony is a celebration of the collaborative effort it’s taken to get the new additions over the line.

“The ceremony marks the completion of the third of four projects to transform the wharf and wider harbour in Whaaingaroa,” she says.

“It is great to see the hard mahi pay off, and be another step closer to the completion of all four of these
transformational projects.”

The projects are funded Kānoa Regional Economic Development and Investment Unit, and are developed in partnership with the Raglan Community Board and Iwi partners, including Ngaati Maahanga and Ngāti Hourua, Tainui o Tainui, Ngaati Tahinga and Ngāti Tamainupō.

“These improvements were also made possible by the overwhelming support we received when we spoke to the wider community last year. We know the community have been keeping a close eye on our progress, and we’re so pleased to hand it over to them,” May says.

Raglan Community Board chair Dennis Amoore says the new additions set a promising standard for the upcoming western improvements.

“This is a great start in providing more room and more access for people to connect with the sea. The upcoming work on the western side of the wharf with its tidal stairs and seating will take that next step in transforming the area into a hub for the community.”

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