Bay of Plenty Regional Council will be starting major maintenance on the Kaituna Mole in April 2021. The maintenance is required so the structure can continue to be fit-for-purpose and safe for public use.

The structure hasn’t undergone any major maintenance since it was first built in 1958. The proposed maintenance will involve installing 50 metres of new sheet pile facing around the existing sheet piles. The sheet piles will be capped by a new concrete deck, which will also lead into the carpark area. The works will involve new handrails and some concrete benches/tables to improve public use of the structure. The works are aimed to be completed before the peak summer period.

Project timeline

  • End of April: Site establishment of contractor plant and materials
  • May/June: Sheet-piling works, facing etc.
  • July/August: Concrete capping deck.
  • September: Railings, mole furniture, access steps etc.
  • Early October: Site disestablishment for mole works

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Kaituna Mole upgrade and amenity enhancements

The Kaituna Mole at Maketū provides river management and recreational benefits for the lower Kaituna catchment area.

In July 2021 Bay of Plenty Regional Council started a major upgrade on the structure to make it structurally sound, fit-for-purpose and safe for public use.

Kaituna Mole upgrade and amenity enhancements

The Kaituna Mole at Maketū provides river management and recreational benefits for the lower Kaituna catchment area.

In July 2021 Bay of Plenty Regional Council started a major upgrade on the structure to make it structurally sound, fit-for-purpose and safe for public use.

The Kaituna Mole has significant recreational value for the community. The structure is a base for monitoring by coastguard, supports the navigable channel for local boaties and is a very popular fishing spot. The upgrade involved installing 50 metres of new sheet pilling (steel used to provide temporary or permanent walls) around the existing structure. These are capped by a new concrete deck, which tie the structure together and lead into the carpark area.

A new access way and new handrails were added as well as concrete benches/tables for the public to enjoy.

This project began in July 2021 and was substantially completed in February 2022. The final landscaping improvements are being planned in conjunction with Western Bay of Plenty District Council.

The project had a budget of $2.5 million with 75% of funding coming from central governments Resilient River Communities Projects fund.

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