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Improvement works on Princes Road foreshore in Bream Bay will help with erosion protection.
Local contractor Huband Contractors started construction in April 2021 and completed in September 2021.
The $360,000 seawall construction strengthened the eroding foreshore, and in some areas has replaced existing storm protection.
Storms and the rising sea level meant tides had started over-topping and damaging the bank, carving away the shore and encroaching into the roots of Pohutukawa trees.
Tide reaching up to grass (before)
Waves overtopping wall and undercutting bank (before)
Undercutting and invading roots (before)
New revetment higher wall and new steps (after)
Lifted reserve and higher wall (after)
New revetment (after)
The public, Whangarei District Council Planners, consulting engineers and an arborist worked together to come up with a design to keep the Pohutukawa trees and give them the best possible chance to survive.
The construction followed requirement consents from Northland Regional Council, Whangarei District Council and the Heritage New Zealand Archaeological Authority, and was completed by local company Huband Contractors.
Minor works, such as handrail installation and removal of sediment controls are also complete.