Island Bay foreshore options

After the June 2013 storm, the Council placed a temporary rock barrier in the broken section of the seawall to protect the footpath and road, and commissioned Tonkin & Taylor to undertake a high level assessment of coastal processes operating within Island Bay. The work evaluated likely future shoreline evolution and effects on the existing infrastructure, and assessed potential future management options to improve long-term resilience. 

Based on the report, the Mayor and Councillors on the Environment Committee asked Council officers to look at the feasibility of the options, create more detailed designs, and  consult with the community to understand their views. This consultation happened in 2014.

Read the reports:

Options considered

The Council consulted the community on these five concept options:

What was decided?

The Council’s Environment Committee considered a report on the Island Bay Seawall project in December 2014 and agreed to:

  • repair the Island Bay seawall in a functional manner in the same style as the existing wall
  • continue to gather more detailed design information to develop the long-term solution (based on options 3 or 4) in consultation with the community
  • implement the long- term solution (based on option 3 or 4) by 2018-2021 (subject to the availability of funding through the Long-term Plan)
  • develop a resilience strategy for managing coastal hazards, including educational initiatives for the south coast.

The Environment Committee also agreed:

  • to trial a temporary road closure as part of the work to determine the long-term solution
  • the future design of Shorland Park, the dog-exercise park and the former surf club building should form part of the consultation with the community
  • the history of Tangata Whenua and the Italian community in the area be considered in the design of Shorland Park.

Meetings - Environment Committee - 16.12.14

Future plans for the foreshore

Further consideration of a possible long-term solution, based on options 3 or 4, will happen once we have completed a south coast strategy for the section of coastline between Oriental Bay and Red Rocks. There will be opportunities for the community to have their say on the draft strategy and any future decisions about the Island Bay foreshore area.

Meeting - Environment Committee - 17.09.15 

Background reports

For historical reports, recent traffic counts, early engagement feedback and other background information relating to this project, the seawall, The Esplanade and the surrounding area, see: Island Bay seawall background information