Repairs begin on Panepane Wharf
Scheduled repairs to Panepane Wharf at Matakana Island have started this week and will take up to three weeks to complete.
Repairs are being done by HEB Construction and include replacing some timber piles and the access stairway.
The work is necessary for the structural integrity and safety of the wharf.
Western Bay of Plenty District Council says during the maintenance work, access to the wharf will only be available via the stairs on the eastern side of the wharf.
Access to the wharf for boat passengers, including school pupils will be possible most of the time during construction
However, the wharf may also need to be closed for brief periods for safety reasons and the council apologises for any inconvenience caused.
Earlier this month the wharf was blocked by a pile of debris, as part of a protest against visitors coming to the island. The matter was later resolved in a meeting between council staff and residents of Matakana Island.