Starting in 2021: the biggest infrastructure upgrades in 100 years

A key part of this picture is the Twin Berth project. It will help future-proof and grow the economy of Tairāwhiti.

Once it’s finished, two 185-200 metre long ships will be able to berth at once here in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, opening up the possibilities of shipping containers to and from the region via a coastal service.

The port team will work closely with our customers, other port users and the community to make sure you’re kept updated.

Consulting with you all is essential. This will include presentations, newsletters, emails, drop-ins, and other opportunities for people to share their thoughts. Follow us on Facebook for the latest news.

Stage 1

This covers the rebuilding of Wharf 7 and the slipway. In December 2020, the resource consents were signed off by the Environment Court.

The final design details and costings are being worked through.

Timeframe: Construction of Wharf 7 is planned to begin later in the year, and is expected to take approximately 14 months.

Stage 2

This involves extending Wharf 8, around 1.5 hectares of reclamation, dredging, and rebuilding the outer breakwater structure. We will also be upgrading the Southern Log Yard with our award-winning stormwater treatment system, so run-off from the entire port is captured.

Timeframe: We continue to develop these plans, and will be consulting widely with the Tairāwhiti community to hear your ideas. To share your views now, you can email or return our feedback form.

A resource consent application will be lodged later in 2021.


Wharf 7 rebuild

This was built in the 1960s and needs replacing. Contractors will demolish and then rebuild Wharf 7 so it has the strength to allow mobile harbour cranes to operate on it, as well as providing a more resilient lifeline asset for Tairāwhiti.

Once Stage 2 is completed, two vessels will be able to berth on Wharves 7 and 8. This will support the forecast growth in the forestry industry, and enable businesses to export a greater range of products (including in containers).


Slipway upgrades

Originally built more than 90 years ago, the slipway is in need of some major maintenance, repairs and upgrades. These will also ensure we can safely manoeuvre two large vessels in the basin next to Wharf 7.

The construction will involve removing the old rusted sheet pile wall, maintaining the river training wall, reshaping the slipway edge and armouring it with boulders to protect this important asset. These measures will also enhance the habitat for juvenile crayfish and marine invertebrates within the harbour.

Kaitiaki and community

Forging closer connections with hapū and iwi is fundamental to the future success of all projects at Eastland Port. As part of the consenting process, we’ve formalised a consultative partnership with the hapū of Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, to ensure cultural values and relationships are considered and recognised throughout our developments.

Sharing information with port customers, everyone who uses and enjoys the rivers and harbour, and our neighbours, is key to our journey. We want to hear your thoughts and ideas as we develop Twin Berth Stage 2 and other project proposals.

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Environmental commitments

We will be monitoring and reporting on a wider range of environmental factors, to ensure any effects are appropriately and responsibly managed.

We constantly seek to reduce our environmental footprint in line with our commitments as a member of the Climate Leaders Coalition. For example, we’re hoping to reutilise 100% of the bark and debris generated by the log yard, and we’re looking to recycle all construction demolition materials by incorporating these into our project designs.

The port’s ongoing initiatives include the Kopuawhakapata Stream regeneration with Ngati Oneone, the WaiRestoration programme with Enviroschools, and beach litter clean ups with Gisborne Girls’ High and Sustainable Coastlines.

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Respecting our surroundings

Eastland Port sits in the centre of the city, at the base of Titirangi, surrounded by homes, businesses, important cultural sites, the awa and moana.

During the port’s developments the integrity of Te Toka-a-Taiau, the historic rock in the Tūranganui River, will be respected and preserved, as was agreed with the hapū of Tūranganui-a-Kiwa.

Considering and minimising impacts on the rich marine life that thrives in this area is also important, for the whole community.

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New coastal accessway

The sea wall is an essential part of our sea defences, and it needs to be repaired to continue protecting the port. As part of this, we’re creating a coastal accessway on top of the sea wall. This new community space will include steps to the ocean, seating and picnic areas, native plantings, and fishing facilities.

Resource consent was granted several years ago. Construction is underway and is due to be finished in time for summer.

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increase in export tonnage through the port over the last 10 years


Eastland Port is New Zealand’s most efficient log export port


of total employment in the region is from agriculture, forestry and the processing of their products


is the expected cost of the port infrastructure upgrades over the next five years

The future economic benefits for Tairāwhiti

The Twin Berth project will provide significant economic stimulus and opportunities for the Tairāwhiti economy.

Over the next few years, it’s estimated that the Stage 2 construction alone (Wharf 8 extension, reclamation, capital dredging and the outer breakwater refurbishment) will result in:

86 additional FTE jobs for locals

$17.9 million per annum additional revenue spent with Tairāwhiti businesses

Once the construction of both stages of Twin Berth are complete, the ongoing benefits to Tairāwhiti are even more promising.

The project will accommodate the forecast increase in the region’s forestry exports. If it’s also successful in attracting a coastal container service for exporting a significant share of the region’s agricultural and horticultural products, it’s estimated that Eastland Port will help sustain:

Upwards of 40% of Tairāwhiti’s economic activity

Around 43% of the region’s total employment

Inner harbour precinct

This area features some of Tairāwhiti’s most popular restaurants and wine bars. It’s home to sites of cultural significance, which can be explored on the Tupapa heritage trail, along with top visitor attractions such as the Tairāwhiti waka houra, MV Takitimu and the historic Wa165 steam locomotive.

We’ll work with our contractors and tenants, and follow all consent conditions, to minimise the impacts of the construction work in the inner harbour as much as possible.

New marina berths

The inner harbour and marina precinct is a regional hub for marine operations, and a popular recreational area. Recently we’ve removed piers 4 and 5 as they had reached the end of their useful life. We’re now looking at potential options for new piers.

If there’s enough demand to support building them, the bespoke piers will be able to accommodate heavy duty commercial boats and pleasure vessels. A feasibility plan and concepts designs are currently being developed.

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Eastland Port Twin Berth Project
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Eastland Port Twin Berth Project
Eastland Port Twin Berth Project
Eastland Port Twin Berth Project

Sponsorships and events

As a part of the Tairāwhiti community, we sponsor a number of water-based athletes and competitions. And, we hold unique events for people to experience the port in new and unusual ways.

After five years of consultation, planning and construction, our $16 million wharfside storage yard was completed at the end of 2019. Before it opened, we invited the community to join us at the first ever WharfWheels.

Get in touch

What do you think about these developments? Do you have any suggestions for Stage 2 of Twin Berth? Do you have any questions?

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