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Boat ramp upgrade starts at Pauanui's Pleasant Point

16 June 2020

Work starts today to extend the boat ramp at Pauanui’s Pleasant Point Reserve (pictured above), making more room for boat and jet ski-users launching at the ramp.

The width of the existing concrete ramp will be widened by four metres, bringing the finished width to a total of 10 metres, which will help with congestion when the ramp is well-used in the summer months.

The work is expected to take five days and, weather-permitting, it’s expected the new, wider ramp will be open for use again next week on Tuesday, 23 June.  It’s currently closed to the public.

The extension was earmarked in the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan and the cost is approximately $80,000, with sufficient, approved funding to complete the works on schedule and within budget.

While our Council does hold a resource consent to dredge this channel, this is not being planned in the short-term.

In other boat ramp news:

Two boat ramp upgrades are also taking place further up the coast in Mercury Bay.

Purangi Boat Ramp car park - Contractors started work in the Purangi Reserve area last week to improve this ramp and seal the turning area in front of the ramp itself, which frequently has potholes and requires maintenance.  Sealing of the area is scheduled for this week (weather-permitting). Due to this there will be no access to the ramp on Wednesday (17 June). When finished, the ramp will be more user-friendly with a dedicated boat staging area for parking cars while preparing to launch, or where boats exiting the water can prepare to travel from the ramp. It's estimated the sealing will be completed within two weeks. In the meantime, there will be no parking available nearby, so people will need to park in the adjoining grass reserve area.

Whangapoua Boat Ramp – The construction has been awarded to Schicks Construction and work will start at the end of June. This involves rebuilding the two-lane concrete ramp and installing floating pontoons (at a later date), making the ramp more user-friendly for boaties. The existing boat ramp has shown cracks in the concrete and the two ramps were originally poured at two different levels, which was inconvenient for users. 

For more information on Council boat ramp facilities see