Wakatu Quay Development

Provincial Growth Funding

In 2018 Kaikōura District Council was awarded $200,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) to investigate the suitability of three concepts for funding including the development of Wakatu Quay and South Bay Harbour.

Input was sought from locals, experts and government. Based on these investigations Council successfully applied to PGF for $10.88M – up to $9.88M to develop Wakatu Quay and up to $1M to study how South Bay Harbour and its surrounds could be developed.

PGF funds for the Kaikōura Marine Development Project are to

- enhance economic development opportunities
- create sustainable jobs
- boost social inclusion and participation
- build resilient communities

Kaikōura Marine Development Project

The Kaikōura Marine Development Governance Group was put in place to oversee and manage the project in line with requirements from the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE) who administer the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF). 

Members of the group are Chair Danny Smith, Mayor Craig Mackle, Councillor Neil Pablecheque, Warren Gillberson; MBIE, Ata Kahu; Chair Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura, Darren Kerri Keepa, Neroli Gold, Lynette Buurman, Joe Van Rooyen and Gerald Nolan. 

The Project Lead is Chris Sturgeon and the Project Manager is Wendy Walker.

For more information on the project contact kmdp@kaikoura.govt.nz


Wakatu Quay Development

The development of Wakatu Quay will celebrate the strong cultural history and unique identity of this site while providing innovative opportunities for economic growth, sustainable employment and expansion and community gathering spaces.

Leading New Zealand architectural practice Warren and Mahoney has been appointed the designers of the Kaikōura, Wakatu Quay development. Potential development may include a hospitality, tourism/activity operator, community gathering points, space to play/fish/walk and education facilities. 

Wakatu Quay Development expressions of interest from investors and potential tenants has now closed. However for access to the Wakatu Quay Development - Investment and Tenancy Opportunities campaign that was used click here.

Wakatu Quay Concept DesignsClick this link
What do you think of the concept design? Click here to let us know what you think

Updates and more information

For more information contact kmdp@kaikoura.govt.nz

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07/08/2020 Media Release - Kaikōura Marine Development project begins with a blessing

28/09/2020 Media Release - Project Lead appointed for Kaikōura Marine Development Project

03/12/2020 Media Release - Wakatu Quay opens to the public in time for summer season

12/07/2021 Media Release - Architects approved for Wakatu Quay development

06/10/2021 Media Release - $20M Wakatu Quay Development

04/04/2022 Media Release - Kaikōura Marine Development Programme Wakatu Quay Update

28/11/2022 Media Release - Council still confident and committed to Wakatu Quay Development



27 October 2021