Kōpū marine servicing and business precinct

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Kōpū is well positioned to take advantage of a growing marine servicing industry, situated between three major cities, and on the doorstep of a major recreational fishing playground and regionally and nationally significant aquaculture industry

Why is the facility being built?

The project is focused on Marine Servicing at the Kōpū Marine Precinct to increase productivity and reduce the barriers to entry for service providers, attracting new businesses to the area, enabling economic growth and jobs.  

The project also provides for diversification and resilience by creating all tide loading facilities for servicing vessels including (but not limited to) marine farming barges at Kōpū with excellent roading infrastructure connection to Tauranga, Auckland and Hamilton.

What does it include?

Once built the infrastructure will consist of:

  • An 80m long commercial wharf and floating pontoon enabling in-water marine servicing and vessel loading;
  • An expanded, unsealed haul out area and upgrade to Quay Street entrance, suitable for truck deliveries and boat haulage to hardstands within the marine precinct;
  • An upgraded, concrete reinforced slipway;
  • Formation of a new access road (King Street);

A public boat ramp and car park for recreational trailer boat users to provide safe separation from commercial activities.Who does it cater for?

This project primarily carers for the Marine servicing industry, providing infrastructure to enable growth of marine servicing businesses in Kōpū and further afield.  Some examples of Marine servicing include:

  • Marine engineering and manufacturing companies
  • Boat maintenance and builders
  • Boat de-fouling businesses
  • Marine electricians, upholsters, mechanics,
  • Boat haulage companies
  • Marine logistics and parts
  • Marine retail

How much did it cost?

Government have provided 100% funding for the project at $8.2M.  This funding has been allocated to the various components of the project including:

  1. Enhance marine servicing and supporting businesses to the area (40%) 
  2. Retain freight use and provide infrastructure resilience to the Aquaculture Industry (30%)
  3. Help enable tourism, recreation, emergency services to access water safely (20%)
  4. Unity of investment direction with our community, Iwi and stakeholders (10%)

Who will own and manage it?

TCDC will be the asset owner.  Management of the facility will be undertaken through a qualified maritime company.  Expressions of interest will be sought for an appropriate management company to operate the facility on behalf of Council and the users. 

Will there be space for recreational boats?

Yes, one of the key outcomes of the project is to ensure separation of the recreational and commercial operations to address health and safety risks and operational issues.  The formation of King Street will provide public access to a dedicated public recreational boat ramp and parking area.  A barrier and gate will segregate the recreational and commercial areas. 

What about commercial use?

A wharf and floating pontoon is proposed to enable in-water marine servicing and vessel loading; 

An expanded, unsealed haul out area is proposed as well as an upgrade to Quay Street entrance to facilitate truck deliveries and boat haulage to hardstands within the marine precinct; 

The existing slipway will be upgraded and sealed to help with commercial boat launching and retrieval.

Will there be any fees/charges to use it?

There will be fees and charges set for use of the new facility for both commercial and recreational users. 

What’s the benefits of having this facility?

The projected benefits to be gained from this development are identified as: 

  • Enable existing marine operations to be met 
  • Reduce the conflict between commercial and recreational facility operations 
  • Meet future demands for servicing of aquaculture and charter vessels 
  • Growth in aquaculture servicing needs 
  • Growth in recreational and charter fishing 
  • Providing resilience for the aquaculture industry 
  • Stimulate economic growth in the Thames-Coromandel and surrounding districts by: 
    • Creating opportunities for partnerships with Iwi, community, and public/private sectors 
    • Generating sustainable, skilled employment opportunities for locals and attract workers to the district, increasing productivity 

Are iwi supportive? 

The project has been in partnership with Ngati Maru who have been involved since the Business Case was undertaken in 2018.  Iwi have contributed and informed the design of the facility and are providing a Cultural Impact Assessment to help with the Resource Consenting stage of the project.