Castlecliff port in the 18th & early 19th centuries was the transit point for goods into and produce out of the central North Island region. Improvements in road transport however made the last half century one of decline for the port.
That's about to change!
Local government vision for wharf and port redevelopment has begun with significant foundational work completed and much more to come.
Internationally renown boadbuilder Q-West is investing four million dollars in expanding and relocating facilities to Castlecliff Port.
With QWest as anchor tenant other marine service companies are locating to the port and building on the already strong Castlecliff Port Road industrial hub.
Local government & tertiary institutions are part of the mix to build on the skills and training opportunities the port rejuvenation presents.
Central government has commissioned a half million dollar report into Castlecliff Port to map out further strategic growth and investment opportunities.
Not in the plan but possible is Midwest Ferries proposal for a $50 million investment in a Castlecliff to Motueka ferry that would slash road freight costs and be a significant national infrastructure asset.
and as a reminder of how important local vision is...