Matiatia Bay
Image: Vincent Lammin | Creative Commons

Introduction

DOC is reassuring Waiheke Island residents that upcoming improvement work on a busy wharf will not impact on native kororā/little penguin.

Date:  03 August 2022

Auckland Transport (AT) will begin maintenance work next week on Matiatia Wharf, a vital transport asset on the Hauraki Gulf island. The wharf is used by ferries servicing the island and its community.

Work will begin on August 8 and is expected to finish in November 2022.

AT-approved contractors have been granted authority to undertake diving and bio-cleaning activities planned for the site as part of an upgrade.

DOC staff are aware there are kororā in the area and they have met with Auckland Transport to discuss the planned work and ensure the kororā will not be harmed or impacted by the activity.

“We are satisfied the work poses no risk to kororā using the bay,” says Emma Kearney, Auckland Inner Island Operations Manager.

“None of the work will involve disturbing kororā or their nesting area, which is some distance away from these works. However, we are ready to respond if needed and the well-being of the kororā is our priority.

“Penguin passage won’t be restricted. Underwater noise will be minimal, and any noise will be limited and of short duration. The work is being carried out in daylight hours, so lighting won’t be markedly different.”

Most of the replacement Infrastructure has been built off-site to minimise disruption.

From 8 August, all ferries will be temporarily dock at the “old” wharf, which has had temporary shelters, Hop machines, and signage installed.

“We are proactively working with AT through the entirety of the Matiatia future-proofing project,” says Emma Kearney.

More information on the works can be found on the Auckland Transport website.

AT’s work on the wharf is maintenance and is not connected to the Kennedy Point marina project.


Background information

Kororā are protected under the Wildlife Act and are classified as at risk – declining.

They are commonly found on islands throughout the Hauraki Gulf.

The greatest risk to the population is predators such as stoats, ferrets, feral cats and dogs.

Contact

For media enquiries contact:

Email: media@doc.govt.nz

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