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.
13/06/2017 Ferry feasibility study, peer review & related reports published by Council
12/05/2017 Motueka Port article in Stuff
07/06/2017 Whanganui District Council recommendation on Midwest Ferries Castlecliff to Motueka ferry proposal
05/05/2017 Midwest Feasibility study available here
02/05/2017 Port discussed in Council meeting
21/4/2017 Ferry Proposal would bring 115 direct jobs
23/03/2017 Midwest Ferrry news - profitable yes, probable?
21/03/2017 Moles need attention
11/03/2017 Midwest Ferries article
09/03/2017 Ferry company not offering shares, wants donations
07/03/2017 Meetings to explain Midwest Ferry Proposal 
20/03/2017 Council FAQ answers give detail on Port plans
03/02/2017 Last Date for submissions on Master Plan
16/01/2017 Master Plan for Port Revitalisation is out!
06/01/2017 Castlecliff ferry on One Nightly News
21/12/2016 Ferry proposal revealed
05/12/2016 Whanganui River Art
02/12/2016 Shellfish business wants to relocate to port
31/10/2016 Mayor excitement over port ideas
30/10/2016 Your ideas for the port are requested
21/10/2016 Plenty of ideas in port melting pot
20/10/2016 Three speeds for Whanganui-Motueka ferry
19/10/2016 VIDEO - Revamping the Whanganui Port
20/10/2016 Taranaki to benefit from new ferry plan
14/10/2016 Port growth everyone's business: boat builder
12/10/2016 Wellington support for ferry proposal
12/10/2016 Harbour dredge is back
11/10/2016 Strong support for Motueka-Whanganui ferry
06/10/2016 Whanganui port development vision shared
24/09/2016 Ferry plan to link Whanganui to South Island
11/09/2016 Flight school across the river
29/08/2016 Demolition another sign of activity at port
12/08/2016 Big plans for Whanganui Port
12/08/2016 Central Government support
and as a reminder of how important local vision is...
01/09/2010 Port looks to be on borrowed time
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