Pukenui Wharf Opening

May 4, 2022, 4:56 p.m.

A 'Shovel Ready' (Kānoa - Regional Economic Development Unit) funded project, alongside Far North Holdings Limited and supported by local iwi Te Aupōuri. Pukenui wharf was officially opened at 4pm last Friday with a large crowd in attendance to celebrate the much anticipated new facility.

With two floating pontoons at either end, a large concreted parking area, shiny new struts and fittings to compliment the total overhaul, many smiles stood out in celebration.

We spoke to Chris Gailbraith of Far North Holdings about the project and to Penetaui Kleskovic about the history and significance of this area.

"Our matua lived on that maunga over there (Tohoraha), they settled here, lived here, sought their kai here" said Klesovic.

Kleskovic spoke of the benefits that this project will have on employment opportunities post pandemic, that tangata whenua presence is important and commended the hard work put into this project.

Councillor Felicity Foy spoke of her upbringing in the area. She spoke of her excitement around being able to share what she was able to enjoy growing up in this area, with her own tamariki. She spoke of the importance of water safety and the importance of having access to the moana as a food source.

Unahi Wharf is set to open June 9th 2022 and Rangi Point in Mitimiti recently unveiled their new wharf that boasts a record length of 160m, the longest in the Far North.

Tags: FNDC Te Aūpouri Ngāti Kūri Ngai Takoto Council Hapu Pukenui Wharf Opening

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