Port open to discussing options for Breakwater Bay
Monday, 3 July 2017
Port Taranaki chief executive Guy Roper says the company is open to discussing with investors any possible developments for port-owned land following the New Plymouth District Council’s release of its discussion document regarding Breakwater Bay.
The Breakwater Bay concept is part of the council’s Top 10 Focus Areas campaign. The council wants to have a conversation with the public about these proposed Focus Areas for the next three years, as part of the 30-year District Blueprint.
“Port Taranaki’s core business is providing world-class transport and logistics services to the maritime industry, as well as importers and exporters, and the oil and gas industry,” Mr Roper said.
“While recreation and leisure is not part of our core business, we are open to discussing options with potential investors for the area between the eastern reclamation and the Lee Breakwater.
“However, any commercial ventures, such as a marina, would need to be standalone and funded independently of the port.”
Port Taranaki owns and maintains the land known as Breakwater Bay, including the Lee Breakwater, the adjacent carpark, the boat ramp, the children’s fishing jetties and Ocean View Parade (in partnership with Ngati Te Whiti), which provides access to Breakwater Bay. It also leases land to a number of businesses at Breakwater Bay.
Separate is the eastern reclamation area, which is not part of the Breakwater Bay concept.
“Port Taranaki wishes to retain the eastern reclamation land for future maritime business opportunities. The reclamation land currently has several buildings on it, including the former Fitzroy Yachts building which Port Taranaki purchased in June 2016,” Mr Roper said.
Port Taranaki already has a long-term understanding with the NPDC and Ngati Te Whiti hapu for public recreational use of port-owned Ngamotu Beach.
For further information contact:
Rochelle West and Warrick Quinn
Phone: 06 753 7354 or 021 102 8860