West Quay Welcoming Point
Planning Started: 2010
Construction Started: Started mid-2011
Completed: Completed September 2011
West Quay has been made even more welcoming for walkers, cyclists and boaties who enjoy the pleasing and historically interesting Inner Harbour – Napier’s original port.
Landscaping has recreated Welcoming Point as a much improved link between the wharf used by the fishing fleet along West Quay and the equally picturesque Iron Pot.
Commissioned by the Napier City Council, the West Quay Design Group developed a landscaping plan that saw Welcoming Point pushed out and a ramped walkway formed above an extended wall of hefty limestone boulders.
Strips of garden bed were planted with hardy varieties suited to the seaside environment and timber bollards put in place to screen the area from the accessway used by fishermen unloading their catches.
Three pou (carved symbolic posts), ten metres tall, tower over the site. These were sculpted by local master carver Hugh Tareha and represent a gannet, a kahawai and a traditional Maori design.
Welcoming Point also looks spectacular at night, with garden bed uplights and LED fittings in timber bollards subtly lighting up the corner site.
The upgrade left West Quay’s floating jetty, popular with young anglers, untouched.
There is potential to further develop the area, layering timbered platforms to the water-edge to form a ‘welcoming point’ and mooring for waka.