Storm damage repair work underway at Hannafords Wharf 20 September 2018 Work starts today to repair sections of the Hannafords Wharf footpath, damaged after a storm in July. The path has been closed since the weather event of July 15, after which major erosion and cracks appeared at the top of the path. A temporary bypass has been in place so the wharf has remained in use. The repair of the work is expected to take two weeks, depending on the weather conditions, and includes: removal of the footpath, coastal cliff, vegetation and trees, followed by the reinstatement of the coastal embankment (which includes partial rock revetment works), re-instatement of the footpath and fencing. Hannafords Wharf was upgraded in April this year, enhancing the tourism gateway to our region, as the connector for the 360 Ferry between Auckland and Coromandel Town. The upgrade improved access to the jetty and created a shelter area for the growing number of ferry passengers and charter boat operations that use the wharf - providing a better tourism experience for our visitors. The turnaround area in the carpark was re-sealed to formalise access to the wharf and to create space for buses and vehicles to turn safely. The work followed a successful bid to the Government's Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF). Council matched 50 per cent of the funding required to complete the project with the Government's TIF Fund, to the value of $103,500. The project met TIF funding criteria in that it enhanced visitor experience, with Fullers 360 sailing between Coromandel Town and downtown Auckland.