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Waikahua seawall build on schedule

Work is well under way on the Waikahua seawall upgrade on the ocean side of the Kaiti Beach log yard at Eastland Port.

Debris has been cleared, broken concrete removed and the area excavated for the laying of large concrete blocks that will make the base.

Eastland Port project manager Mark Richards said he was happy with the progress.

“Work is running to schedule despite the serious weather event and big swells a couple of weeks ago,” he said.

“We have been cleaning up the seaward-facing border and have started building the foundations of the rock wall which will be mainly constructed using quarry rock from Waerenga-o-Kuri.

“We have started placing a row of concrete blocks that are slotted in and then some rocks will stack up the slope,” Mr Richards said.

“Earthwork Solutions is carrying out the work and they're doing a good job — adhering to health, safety and environmental requirements, and staying on schedule.”

The contractors, who have to work around the tide and weather conditions, have already positioned the first layer of concrete blocks about halfway towards the headland on the Kaiti Beach side of the seawall.

Eventually there will be three layers of concrete blocks with native trees and shrubs in hollow planter blocks.

“We made the concrete planter blocks here at the port, and a bit further down the track we'll be finalising the planting,” Mr Richards said.

Work is being done over the winter months so it can be opened to the public this summer.

“The seawall is up to seven metres high and is a vital line of defence to protect the port against disruptive swells and large waves,” Mr Richards said.

“As well as making the seawall more functional, the upgrade will create a space that people can use to connect with the sea.”

This will include outdoor furniture, fishing facilities, picnic areas and a boardwalk surrounded by native trees and plants.

Bird's eye view: The Waikahua seawall has started to take shape at Eastland Port. It's been all go at the port with debris cleared, broken concrete removed and the first row of concrete blocks inserted to form the base of the new structure which will make the seawall stronger and a space for the community to enjoy. Picture supplied
In place: Contractors have worked around the tide and weather to lay large concrete blocks as a base for the Waikahua seawall project. Picture supplied