Regeneration pillars graphic

Planning our future

CentrePort’s regeneration will deliver a 21st-century logistics supply chain asset to benefit the business, the community, the environment and the New Zealand economy.

“Regeneration is about more than what the future port will look like – it is the pillars of our customers, our community, our environment and our people,”

– Anthony Delaney, General Manager Regeneration.

The finalisation of the Kaikōura insurance claim was significant, as it allowed CentrePort to be in a position where we had surety in our financing and could plan for the future.

CentrePort’s regeneration is looking at how it reimagines what the port will look like in the future. This includes spatial planning, urban integration, resilience and our environment and people.

The regeneration and overarching strategy have been developed using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

The UN SDGs have been adopted by the New Zealand Government and by the World Ports Sustainability Program, which aims to empower ports worldwide to create sustainable added value for communities and the wider regions where their respective ports are located.

CentrePort has considered the UN SDGs in our future planning as they relate to the port, guided by four key principals – which is part of day-to-day operations and within the regeneration approach.

Regeneration pillars

Regeneration pillars graphic
  1. Our customers.
  2. Our community.
  3. Our environment.
  4. Our people.

CentrePort’s regeneration pillars incorporate a range of factors including safety, resilience, the environment, technology, risk management, the needs of the community, and the regional and national economies.

We continue to engage with a range of stakeholders, including customers and partners, on the shape of the future CentrePort. This includes working with Hamburg Port Consulting, Royal HaskoningDHV, KPMG and BERL on the regeneration programme to explore a wide range of options, based on the best expert advice.

Regeneration Projects – Current

Thorndon Container Wharf Resilience

The Thorndon Container Wharf was significantly damaged by the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake, with a section of the berth having to be demolished.

In 2017 emergency repairs were done on a 125-metre stretch of the wharf in order to maintain container operations.

Further piling work was commenced in 2020, together with bollard realignment, to further enhance the resilience of the asset.

Regenerate Thorndon Wharf site

Enhanced Rail onto Port

All rail sidings on port were damaged in the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake. While there was some reinstatement, the limited infrastructure meant ‘road bridging’ (where cargo going into Wellington by rail had to be transferred to trucks for the final leg onto port) had to be employed for significant volumes of cargo. This added cost and lowered efficiency.

In 2020 an enhanced rail-onto-port programme commenced that will have numerous improvements and benefits, including:

  • A dedicated siding capacity for 15 log wagons and 30 container wagons.
  • Improved safety through enhanced separation.
  • Reductions in carbon emissions.
  • Growth opportunities for log and container operations.

The enhanced rail-onto-port project supports the Thorndon Container Wharf project and the carbon reduction strategy.

Rail track to CentrePort

Rail track to CentrePort

Port Entrance

  • Development of Hinemoa Street entrance.
  • Opening up port entrance to enhance cargo movement efficiency/capacity.
  • More efficient StraitNZ Bluebridge cargo discharge.
Port entrance before renovation

Port entrance after renovation

Waingawa Log Hub

  • Upgrade and expansion completed.
  • $3.8m investment.
  • Capacity increased from 9,000 JAS to 16,000 JAS.
  • Complemented by significant KiwiRail track-upgrade investment.
  • Greater cargo throughput/capacity complemented by enhanced rail-onto-port project.
Waingawa log hub

Former BNZ Building Removal

  • Reutilisation of land for StraitNZ Bluebridge vehicle marshalling.
  • Demolition on course for completion by end of 2020, with land remediation to be completed by March 2021.
  • 95 percent (by weight) of all materials recycled.
  • Materials donated to schools, marae, Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital and Wellington Botanic Garden.
BNZ former building removal state 1

BNZ former building removal state 2

BNZ former building removal state 3

BNZ former building removal state 4

Former CESCO House Land Remediation

  • Demolition of redundant CESCO House.
  • Remediation of land and installation of lighting.
  • Utilisation of land for import vehicle storage.
  • Enhances land utilisation and improves cargo movement efficiency.

Regeneration Projects – Future

A number of projects/plans are part of the CentrePort regeneration portfolio. They are intended to progress the port regeneration but are subject to various caveats including business cases, shareholder approval, consenting/regulatory requirements and stakeholder consultation.

Thorndon Container Wharf Reinstatement

This project will reinstate the operational length of CentrePort’s container berth capacity to a minimum of 250 metres. The current operational capacity is 125 metres as a result of damage caused by the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake.

Temporary repair works were completed in 2017 to enable the resumption of the operation of the two ship-to-shore gantry cranes. Further resilience work commenced in 2020.

The berth reinstatement will support the CentrePort strategic objectives of growing freight capacity and being a sustainable and resilient business. The project business case has been approved by the Board and the Shareholder.

Project reinnovation Thorndon wharf in 3D Design layout

Seaview Wharf Renewal

Seaview Wharf is CentrePort’s main oil berth and a vital piece of the fuel supply chain for the lower North Island. It is a key component of the Lifelines asset network in the event of an emergency.

It is due for renewal to ensure the resilience of what is a key piece of New Zealand’s economic infrastructure and to ensure that it is fit for purpose for the long term.

A business case has been approved by the CentrePort Board and there is ongoing engagement with the fuel industry, which is a key partner in the project. The business case is awaiting shareholder approval.

Multi-user Ferry Terminal

To read about the Multi-user ferry terminal please click here.

Inner Harbour Development

Enhancing the connection between CentrePort and the community and improving the port/Wellington city interface are key drivers of this project.

It is an ambitious plan that will see the redevelopment of the Interisland, Waterloo and Kings Wharves, creating an exciting range of public facilities. It will transform port-designated wharves into public waterfront areas and potentially move the cruise ship facilities closer to the city.

Features of the proposed project include:

  • Relocating the cruise berth to the Interisland Wharf.
  • Redeveloping the Waterloo and Interisland Wharves to add commercial and public utilities and build on the already established waterfront public access.
  • Developing a ‘green ribbon’ connecting the Interisland Wharf to Parliament, linking up with the already-established ‘green ribbon’ in the city.
  • Constructing pedestrian bridges connecting the Queens, Waterloo and Interisland Wharves.

“Wellington City Council supports the Port’s desire to integrate and connect with the Central City. This opportunity will not only support its economic success, but also the success and liveability of the city more broadly.”

– Barbara McKerrow, CEO Wellington City Council.

Inner Harbour Development in 3D Design layout