Wellington Scoop

Repair or demolition? CentrePort to make decisions on damaged port buildings

News from CentrePort
CentrePort is working closely with the Wellington City Council and other stakeholders on various options for a number of its port buildings that were seriously damaged in the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 14th November.

Chief Executive Derek Nind says the company was focussed on safety and the resumption of port services.

“We’ve got ferries, fuel, logs, cars, and cruise ships operating successfully and we’re working on solutions for our container service.

“Nevertheless, we have sustained significant damage across the port and are working closely with Wellington City Council and others on various options for our port buildings, which includes potential repair through to removal.”

Mr Nind says some earthquake-prone buildings had already been earmarked for removal before the earthquake, including two warehouses on Aotea Quay.

Shed 35 – a vacant cargo store on Kings Wharf – was also earthquake prone and had suffered damage in the earthquake.

The 1915 building is heritage-listed and has been vacant for many years because of its earthquake prone status.

Mr Nind said the company was working through a thorough process to consider all the options, which would involve the city council and other stakeholders.

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Trouble at the port
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  1. Joel George, 1. December 2016, 13:38

    Demolish all the risky buildings, relevel and properly compact the reclaimed land, and turn it into waterfront park, including a decent tourist park and associated facilities for caravans and camper vans. Building anything that is multi-storey on the reclaimed land appears fraught and unwise.

  2. Pauline, 2. December 2016, 7:44

    Well said Joel, the campervanners loved the Kumutoto site which was so accessible to the CBD, the Cable Car, Old St Pauls, the Botanical Garden, Oriental Bay etc not to forget Frank Kitts Park, Te Papa and Waitangi Park…..

  3. Rumpole, 3. December 2016, 10:54

    Kumutoto is the building site being developed by the City Council’s favourite developer for an office building. CentrePort should be wary of the council and take their advice with utmost caution.