Whangamata Marina Development

The Project

This large scale and highly topical project drew national attention throughout the Whangamata Marina Society’s (WMS) consent process. Bioresearches was commissioned by the WMS to monitor the marine environment (water, sediment and biota) and manage and mitigate effects on terrestrial environments.

This included a robust Fauna Management Plan and an Environmental Monitoring Programme. These plans provided a strong platform from which the WMS’s consents were granted through the Environment Court. 

The success of Bioresearches' mitigation programme resulted in the rescue of 259 threatened moko skinks (Oligosoma moco). Captive management of the skinks boosted the total population for relocation to 351.

The bund − a ‘bird roost area’ required as part of the resource consent for the marina − is now an important nesting site for rare native birds. Read more about it here.

More recently, we have obtained harbour dredging consents and monitored coast bird migrations for WMS.

Key details

Project

Project
Whangamata Marina Development
Client
Whangamata Marina Society
Location
Cost
Completion
2003-2016
Sector
Bioresearches

Project team

Delivery partners we worked with
HEB Construction Ltd. Bay of Plenty
Department of Conservation, Hauraki Area.
SOUL Environments Ltd.
Harkness Henry & Co.
Environment Waikato
Thames Coromandel District Council

Disciplines