Following the public consultation process, the Council agreed at its 29 August meeting to amend the proposed business case in line with hearing panel recommendations.
We’ve been working with iwi and key stakeholders to develop a draft business case to guide the future development and upgrade of Port Tarakohe in Golden Bay. This project is partially funded by the Provincial Growth Fund.
Driving the need for development is a projected increase in mussel production in Golden and Tasman Bays. An upgrade would allow the port to cope with increased mussel tonnage, and realise significant economic benefits from the aquaculture industry.
We know Port Tarakohe is widely used and valued by the local community. The area is also of high cultural significance for iwi, and is an important habitat for little blue penguins.
Balancing the economic and operational use of the port with social, cultural, recreational and environmental values is a key consideration in the development of the business case.
The proposals would see the recreational and commercial areas of the port upgraded and reconfigured to meet the needs of all users.
Note appendices A and B are included in the Draft Business case document.
A business case means agreeing on and costing out the work to provide for current and future needs. To be clear, a business case is not an approval process, it is a costing and design exercise to help inform future decision making about further investment in this community asset.
“The Port is a highly valued community asset. We need to acknowledge its past history and current use, all while ensuring it’s going to be around for future generations.”
Deputy Mayor Tim King
Port Tarakohe is a community asset that provides for both recreational and commercial opportunities.
The Port plays a pivotal role in providing recreational and commercial access to the wider Tasman, it provides sheltered boat launching, it is the home to ‘learn to sail’ operations and cultural waka ama experiences along with recreational fishing off the existing breakwater.
A business case for Port Tarakohe needs to:
Tasman District Council has commissioned independent consultants to engage with recreational users, community representatives and key local advocacy groups.
The purpose of the engagement is to understand all stakeholder needs, any community concerns and provide feedback to future-proof recreational and commercial opportunities at Port Tarakohe.
Having broadly scoped a number of issues including potential environmental impacts and financial constraints, the Council has decided not to consider any expansion beyond the current physical footprint of the Port within the business case.
The Council will:
Throughout this process Council will share information with stakeholders, invite stakeholders to Council meetings and share decision steps with the community.
The business was presented to the Council for approval and a second round of feedback closes on 30 July 2019.. All minutes and decision making about the business case will available to the community.
Tarakohe harbour was built in several stages by the Golden Bay Cement Company for shipping out cement, beginning with a timber wharf in 1910.
During the 1970s a heavy duty wharf was built and an all weather harbour created with piers encircling area of approximately 18 hectares.
In 2005, a two million dollar development at Port Tarakohe officially opened the new recreational and commercial marina and extended breakwater. The wharf is still used to barge out dolomite, which is quarried at Mt Burnett near Collingwood. The harbour now offers shelter for fishing, scalloping aquaculture, and pleasure boats.
In its current format, the port has 61 berths (commercial & recreational), 3 commercial loading berths, several recreational boat moorings on the western side, vehicle access parking and loading areas, an ice tower, and currently handles approximately 7,000 Tonne of harvested mussels per annum in addition to the rock export.
Port Tarakohe is the only all-tide accessible port within reasonable distance to Golden Bay/Tasman marine farmers.
The Tasman aquaculture industry cannot grow without the ability to bring the product to shore. At present, the existing wharf would not safely, nor efficiently handle the additional volumes of product.
As part of the Business Case we are preparing a Cultural Impact Assessment to ensure that we fully understand Iwi concerns and opportunities and are able to ensure that these addressed through future changes at Tarakohe.
Several alternative options to Port Tarakohe were assessed, including:
The alternative ports and barging option are not currently suitable for the growth of the industry mainly because of their limited capabilities and major expenditure required.
Port Tarakohe is the preferred option because of its size and 24-hour tidal access.
Storage facilities are available on land managed by PTSL (land is owned by a third party) adjacent to the existing port facilities and around Pōhara and Takaka.
Production will increase to approximately 47,000 Tonne annually of mussels over the next decade. The ongoing development of the existing farm space, together with the further ~2200 ha of newly consented space to be developed over the next 5 years has created an urgency to the longstanding need for port redevelopment.
This project is of national significance to the aquaculture sector and is vitally important to realising the commercial aspirations of Maara Moana.
These plans were the first draft - consultation has closed on these. We are now onto the second round of consultation.
You can also download the first brochure with background information.
The Provincial Growth Fund is providing funding for a Business Case to expand Port Tarakohe to be ready for future growth in the sector.
The Business Case will give increased certainty to the cost of the upgrade, the level of private sector investment enabled and the resulting economic impact to local iwi, the Tasman Region, and the wider economy in terms of jobs and Value Added.
The Business Case will provide information that will inform resource consenting, construction, ownership and future operation.
We plan to seek further funding from the Provincial Growth Fund for resource consenting and construction following completion of the Business Case.
The design will include consideration of future sea level rise and other climate change impacts.
A wharf upgrade is the catalyst and enabler for significant private sector investment and growth in the aquaculture industry.
This provides an opportunity to increase the return on Maori-owned water space, assisting the training, upskilling and job opportunities for Top of the South iwi and provide further investment opportunities to achieve intergenerational aspirations.
Estimated job growth within Tasman District is likely to increaseby 400 full time equivalent employees; with jobs required both on the boats, at the wharf and in support industries in the wider Region when 47,000 tonnes / year is reached. The aquaculture sector estimate that the increase in mussel production will generate $100 to $200 million per year in new export earnings.
The loading of dolomite at Port Tarakohe has introduced substantial food safety concerns and reducing the amount of space available to the aquaculture sector. The development of Port Tarakohe will address these concerns, allowing the sector to operate safely and efficiently.
Recreational use will be catered for, including more mooring and improved separation of commercial areas.