Wharf Street Paeroa will be living up to its name soon!
Karakia held to whakanoa the Ōhinemuri awa (river)
We're excited to be supporting the Paeroa Historical Maritime Park's project to develop a new wharf at the end of Wharf Street. On Monday a Karakia was held at the site of the new wharf to whakanoa Ōhinemuri and the area before the work begins on the awa (river) itself.
$1.1 million riverboat vision comes to life
Last year the Paeroa Historical Maritime Park received a $730,000 Provincial Growth Fund grant and $400,000 in funding from Hauraki District Council for the first stage of the project, which includes a community jetty on the Ohinemuri River, pontoons, and a new riverboat to ferry people and bikes between the park and the town.
The river has historically been a huge network for Māori and later for Pakeha, and it’s fitting to connect it back to the Paeroa central business district.
Work started on stage one
Work has now started on stage one of the project, which means visitors should be able to cruise by riverboat into Paeroa this summer.
Stage two of the development will include a multi-centre with an educational focus, conference facilities and cafe.
Business and economic opportunities
“People have shared memories of arriving by boat at Wharf Street for a big night out at the movies", said Mayor Toby Adams.
"Cruising into town by riverboat again will be such a great complement to the Hauraki Rail Trail and a huge draw card for tourists, providing opportunities for businesses and much need jobs and opportunities in the wake of Covid 19,” he added.
Meaning of Whakanoa: This is the process where we ensure that the awa is settled before we begin any work that will impact her mauri.