Work is about to start on upgrading the historical wharf in Waiuku’s Tamakae Reserve.
Contractors are preparing the site for works that include upgrading shoreline retaining walls, new piles and replacing part of the wharf with a new timber structure.
“The reserve is a real focal point for the town and a valuable historical, recreational and cultural landmark for Waiuku. The wharf has needed improvements for some time so it’s great to see the work finally getting underway,” says local board member Sharlene Druyven.
This is all part of a desire to have people reconnect with the reserve, she says.
The current work is expected to be completed in late 2017.
Information sought on willow tree
The project involves heavy machinery and digging up the area near the wharf, so Auckland Council is proposing to remove a weeping willow tree located nearby.
“Its location makes it logistically really hard to work on the area and even trying to work around it would potentially cause more damage to the tree, especially with its expansive root structure. The best course of action is to remove it,” says the council’s Parks and Places Specialist, Greg Lowe.
“We’ve also had it inspected by an arborist, who found that it had a major split in one of its limbs and is infested with Black Willow aphid – which has killed a number of willows across Auckland in the past few years.”
The tree has a heritage protection so the council will need to apply for resource consent for its removal, but first we are keen to find out a bit more about its history.
“Other than its age we can find little information about it, and we would love to hear from the community if they have any history or stories about it,” says Mr Lowe.
Once the renewal project is complete, it is proposed that a new tree, a pohutukawa, would be planted further away from the wharf and shore’s edge.
Anyone with any information on the history of the willow tree can email Greg Lowe by Wednesday 31 May.