Have your say on Island Bay seawall

2 October 2014

When an Antarctic low ripped through the capital in June last year, it left widespread damage in its wake.

Crowd at Island Bay beach @1930.

Crowd on Island Bay beach, Wellington, @1930


The region’s worst storm since 1968 damaged buildings and tore trees from the ground. In Island Bay, a section of the 350-metre seawall collapsed. In the clean-up that followed, the wall was replaced by a temporary rock barrier to protect the footpath and road.

We are now looking into options for a long-term coastal hazard management solution for the area that also takes into consideration traffic, heritage issues, costs, sea level rise, amenity and links between Shorland Park and the beach.

We want to hear your views and ideas on what the long-term solution to resolve the damage to the wall should be. You can find out more or fill in an online submission form from 3 October in our Consultations section, or pick up a copy of the form at Island Bay Library or Island Bay Community Centre (where there’ll also be an information hub). You can also email us at islandbayseawall@wcc.govt.nz. Submissions close 10 November. The feedback will be used to inform a report to the Council’s Environment Committee in December.

Public meetings

Come along to one of our public meetings to hear experts’ views, discuss issues, ask questions and put forward your ideas and preferences.

Island Bay Baptist Church, 284 The Parade, Island Bay:

  • 6.30pm–8.30pm, Thursday 9 October
  • 6.30pm–8.30pm, Tuesday 14 October
  • 2pm–4pm, Saturday 18 October

Photo credit: Sydney Charles Smith, about 1930. Ref:1/2-045879-G S C Smith Collection.