WHARF DESIGN & BY PASS ROAD 

“NZ roads will never cope with heavier trucks”

Press release from Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre. 9th October 2019.

Matakaoa

Plateau

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NZ roads will never cope with heavier trucks

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 9:05 am
Press Release: 

“NZ roads will never cope with heavier trucks”

Press release from Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre. 9th October 2019.

CEAC discussed this truck issue back in 24th June about roads not capable of carrying freight. “NZ roads are not coping with heavier trucks”.

Have they not got the message yet?

ROAD BY PASS & ACCESS TO PORT

Terrafermah feedback from the local community has noted that logging truck traffic past schools and houses is a major concern. To address this Terrafermah wishes to use an alternative unused access route to the facility ensuring all logging trucks do not go past any houses around the school and houses in Wharf Rd. From SH 35 to the Wharekahika Bridge Terrafermah proposes to use the old Wharekahika Rd. that runs between Opotiki and Hicks Bay to the coast coming out around the old freezing works. From here it is proposed with the participation of the Transport Agency to upgrade and realign the access road to the log facility. This entails a new approach section to climb to the top of the Matakaoa plateau. The Wharekahika Bridge was upgraded in 2010 in anticipation of redeveloping the existing Hicks Bay Wharf, however we will be bypassing this bridge. The option of using the old wharf for log ships is not feasible as draughts of the larger log ships exceed 12m when fully loaded.

All logging trucks do not go past any houses around the school and houses in Wharf Rd. From SH 35 to the Wharekahika Bridge

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The new wharf is designed

as a single lane berth for ships 30 - 50 thousand tonne

12-15 m draught

The local people have expressed the view that in Maoridom that economic necessity and historical cultural ways of the people and the mother land are not mutually exclusive. Terrafermah the project managers respect that. This means we need to ensure our work with infrastructure funders not only means timely investment that fits our economic modelling, but also allows the local peoples social and cultural objectives to be met.

Terrafermah as the majority shareholder of the project also wishes to have a long-term partnership with the local Hapu as they have expressed a wish for, as does our funding partners Live international. We are looking at this as mutually beneficial partnership not mutually exclusive.


WHARF CONSTRUCTION


Terrafermah has been approached by International wharf construction companies, but firmly wishes for this to be a New Zealand owned and operated facility, where the benefits stay in NZ and the Hicks Bay area. Hawkins construction one of NZ’s largest and most respected construction companies has agreed to partner in the project in respect of building the wharf facility. Terrafermah will ensure that Hawkins give priority to hiring local based staff or contractors during the construction phase.
 

Matakaoa Plateau