.The aquaculture sector in Thames-Coromandel contributes $70 million to the district’s GDP and is responsible for 350 jobs, “But the sector has long been significantly constrained by a lack of capacity at Te Ariki Tahi/Sugarloaf Wharf, which handles 90% of the North Island’s mussel production. The PGF funding will build an extended, raised wharf platform to account for rising sea levels, with four new berths to allow for increased commercial activity and a separate facility for launching recreational boats. The new wharf, Te Ariki Tahi Sugarloaf, will accommodate up to 42,000 tonnes of mussels a year, to meet increased demand from recently granted consents that have extended mussel farming space in the Hauraki Gulf by 775 hectares. Iwi hold consents for 40 per cent of available water space in the Gulf, with all mussels being unloaded at Sugarloaf Wharf. The PGF’s investment will provide greater economic returns for these holdings. Providing a dedicated recreational boating facility will also bring more visitors to the region and grow exciting new opportunities such as charter fishing, which has long been popular in the Gulf. It’s essential we continue to invest in infrastructure, job creation and sectors which will do the heavy lifting as regions recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19. Construction will generate around 25 new jobs. Long-term, the new wharf will enable an estimated 170 new jobs in the marine farming sector, whilst supporting the employment of over 800 people in the North Island’s aquaculture industry. The investment is closely aligned with the Government’s strategy to grow the aquaculture industry to $3 billion by 2035. An upgraded wharf at Sugarloaf is critical infrastructure that will enable aquaculture growth and help realise meaningful jobs, wellbeing and prosperity for the people of the region. This collaboration is between the Coromandel Marine Farmers Association (CoroMFA), our Council, Pare Hauraki iwi and Waikato Regional Council. Te Ariki Tahi/Sugarloaf Wharf company has been established, which is 1/3 TCDC, 1/3 CoroMFA and 1/3 Crown. Timeline Sept 2020 - Design, conseting and stakeholder engagement commences Aug 2020 - PGF grant approved.