Project Lead appointed for Kaikōura Marine Development Project

LOW RES Danny Smith and Chris Sturgeon

Chris Sturgeon has been appointed as the Project Lead for the $10.98M Kaikōura Marine Development Project (KMDP) funded by the Provincial Growth Fund. This position reports to the Chair of the KMDP Governance Group, Danny Smith and is endorsed by the Kaikōura District Council.

Since 2012 Mr Sturgeon has been the General Manager of Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses, recognised as one of the leading luxury lodges in New Zealand. He has extensive experience at executive management level in many sectors, leading significant projects for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Meridian Energy, Kiwibank and has been working as a private consultant leading change for businesses.

Chris Sturgeon commented “The Kaikoura Marine Development Project represents a significant opportunity for Kaikoura as we rebuild our district post-Earthquake and the COVID-19 pandemic. It will position us well for the future and I am pleased to have the opportunity to be involved in such an important  project.”

As the Project Lead, Mr Sturgeon will be responsible for overseeing the $9.8M development of Wakatu Quay and the $1.1M business case study for the South Bay Harbour. The two projects are part of the Council’s vision to provide jobs, attract investment and enable sustainable growth in the district.

Governance Group Chair Danny Smith said “We had a significant number of applications for the role, these were all of a very high quality. We are pleased to appoint Chris considering his extensive commercial expertise and passion for the development of Kaikoura.”

Council CEO Angela Oosthuizen said “I’m really pleased we have appointed someone who is connected to our community and invested in the future of Kaikōura. The Marine Development is an exciting proposition for the district, and I look forward to supporting Chris and the Governance Group as the project develops.”

Wakatu Quay is currently closed to the public. Scope Ltd have removed the asbestos and are now working on the demolition of the buildings. The site is on target to be open to the public in time for summer holidays. Public engagement and expressions of interest for the development of Wakatu Quay will be sought later in the year.


30 September 2020