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Pohe Island Carpark Open

This page contains a news story about the new Pohe Island carpark.
Updated: 20/12/2019 11:09 a.m.

Where did you park this morning? Was it in a huge carpark with 272 spaces, right on the Hatea Loop?

Did you enjoy a stroll along the riverside, past yachts and shops into town on your way to work? 

If you did you may have parked at Whangārei’s newest carpark – the landscaped, rain-gardened, spot-lit, free 272-space carpark in the middle of William Fraser Memorial Park on Pohe Island. 

Picture of the Pohe Island Carpark.

The $2.5million car park has been a genuine local project, with Clements Contractors as lead contractors. Their Engineer’s Representative was Ryan Hayward. The electrical sub-contractor was McKays.  The sealing crew were Tarmac Northland and all the planting was done by Plant Pro. 

Parts of the car park have been used by football, rugby and the Rock and Roll Club supporters for the past few months while finishing touches have been added.

Council’s Parks and Recreation Manager Sue Hodge said the carpark was a major feature of the over-all vision for the area. 

“Pohe Island is already a major recreation hub for our District. The Hatea Loop runs through it, people can access Te Matau ā Pohe from it and drivers pass through it every day. The island is already home to the Dog Park (two in fact), BMX bikers, skaters and the sports clubs already mentioned. There are several water-based sporting groups nearby, and the area is home to the International Rally of Whangārei in April each year. 

“Plans for a new, up to date skate park and a new destination playground with water features are also well advanced, and there will be more development after that. 

“This parking area compliments the newly completed Bascule Carpark and can serve people taking part in all those activities and also provides a nice walk to work for city workers who like to squeeze in a little bit of extra exercise.” 

Council Chief Executive Rob Forlong welcomed the additional parking spaces to serve the city. 

“Central city carparking is a bugbear for many of our residents – but we have added to the number of city centre carparks over the past term. In the past few years 204 carparks have been added at Carruth Street and at Dent Street (on the old Neil Group site), and a further 20 have just opened at the old TAB site on Vine Street. Although we lost 112 carparks to the Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Māori Art Gallery and Laneway projects, the net gain has been 82 carparks. 

Adding these 272 car parks at Pohe Island on the city fringe increases options for residents, while we continue to search for solutions that suit a wide range of drivers.” 

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