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Local industry buys in to the Tauranga Harbour Marine Precinct

The Tauranga Harbour Marine Precinct has its first owners, after a successful tender process for the sale of Stage 1 lots on the precinct.

Marine Precinct

Today Mayor Stuart Crosby signed sale and purchase agreements with Hutcheson Boatbuilders, Pachoud Yachts, Pacific 7, RMD Marine, SMF Engineering and Super Yacht Coatings International. The local industry has spoken – it’s all systems go for the Marine Precinct.

“It’s fantastic to see the industry jump on board as they have”, Mayor Stuart Crosby said. “We knew that the demand for a boat refit facility in Tauranga was strong, ever since the decommissioning of the slipway. Here we’re not only reinstating this access, we’re also providing the industry with a world-class hub in which to develop their businesses and collaborate.

The tender process got interest and commitment from the local industry, also attracting an Auckland-based company back to their hometown.

“Our city is growing and we need our industries to grow with it; we’re proud to be supporting this, to be offering our businesses real opportunities and an inspirational future” said Stuart.

The sale process resulted in an oversubscription with several companies tendering for multiple lots, and in some cases companies tendering for the same lots. Council staff worked with tenderers to define alternative locations and align tender values with Council’s land valuations. This resulted in a reviewed masterplan with 10,000m2 of land sold to tenderers along Cross Road and in Den Place, and around the future hardstand. This includes two lots initially intended to be developed in future years, which Council decided to bring into stage 1 to meet the demand from tenderers.

Proceeds from the land sales will go towards the development of the Marine Precinct, primarily the provision of infrastructure.

Project Director Phil Wardale is glad to see the offer taken up by a diverse mix of marine-based businesses.

“We will have a great spread of specialities represented in the Precinct, from fibre-glassing to marine engineering, vessel painting and timber decking to composite building, a specialised workboat fleet and a fishing fleet. This means increased potential for collaboration among precinct occupiers and with other marine businesses in the area. This is the first step in the Marine Precinct’s strategy of providing a one-stop-shop for customers getting their vessels serviced in Tauranga. And thanks to our 350 tonne capacity vessel-hoist we’ll be able to cater for a wide range of customers from around the Bay and New Zealand”.

The Marine Precinct’s Cimolai mobile vessel hoist will be capable of lifting commercial and recreational vessels up to 350 tonnes, 11.5m wide and 45m long, and the hardstand’s pavement will be designed to handle these requirements. Work continues on the selection of a civil works construction company to build the 6,200m2 hardstand and the new vertical seawall. The Tauranga Harbour Marine Precinct is now expected to open mid-2017.

The new owners of the Marine Precinct will be announced to the local marine industry at the occasion of the Annual General Meeting of the Tauranga Marine Industry Association tonight.

The future occupiers of the Tauranga Harbour Marine Precinct:

Lots 9 & 10

Hutcheson BoatBuildersHutcheson Boatbuilders have been in the marine business for over 18 years and are known for their high-quality boat building workmanship.

Hutcheson Boatbuilders carry out a complete range of boat building work on both commercial and recreational vessels including new boat construction, general repairs and maintenance, vessel refits, fibre glassing, interior cabinetry, stainless steel work boat grooming and all manner of shipwright work.

Lot 5

Pachoud Yachts New ZealandSpecialist in the building of composite motor yachts 15 - 50 metres, Pachoud Yachts are renowned world-wide for engineering excellence, world-class high-quality finishes, luxurious timber interiors and unwavering attention to detail.

They have successfully completed over 50 yachts building everything from power catamarans, motor launches to high performance carbon fibre racer-cruising yachts.

Lot 4

Pacific 7Pacific 7 is a marine contractor that provides tug, barge and workboat services to central and local government, the oil and gas sector, the military and others.

The company also carries out maintenance of vessel moorings in the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Coromandel regions, and Pacific 7’s barges and digger are contracted for dredging and similar activities in these areas.

Pacific 7 is also resourced for emergency response duties and service and supply runs.

Lots 2 & 3

RMD Marine LimitedRMD Marine fish and land fish from the West Coast to the East Coast of the North Island.

The company owns and operates six fishing vessels ranging from 15 to 26 metres in size, and will soon be launching a new build trawler which will create an exciting future for the family-owned company.

RMD Marine have been working with Aotearoa Fisheries since 1993, the largest Iwi-owned fisheries company. RMD currently fish 2,700 tonnes per year for Aotearoa Fisheries.

Lot 12

Specialised Metal Fabricators LimitedSMF Engineering is a light engineering firm specialising in aluminium, stainless steel and other non-ferrous metals. SMF are involved in all facets of engineering, almost exclusively related to the marine industry.

Their services cover fabrication, repairs and maintenance as well as the manufacture of a wider array of metal parts from highly polished rails and deck fittings, to exhaust systems and heat exchanges.

Lot 7

Super YachtSuper Yacht Coatings International Ltd specialises in the fairing and painting of large luxury vessels. Since its formation in 2012, Super Yacht Coatings has been involved in the painting of every super yacht built in New Zealand.  The company was set up in Auckland, and its locally born owners are taking the opportunity presented by the Marine Precinct to extend their business to Tauranga, in a purpose-built facility with heavy lifting capacity.

The company’s current focus is on superyachts and pleasure craft. Working in the precinct they plan to market their services and expertise offshore, nationwide and locally to a wide range of vessels from luxury super yachts to commercial fishing boats and ferries.

Marine Precinct site map

Tauranga Harbour Marine Precinct and new lot owners

About the Marine Precinct project

The Tauranga Harbour Marine Precinct is a $10m project to deliver a purpose-built marine servicing facility at Sulphur Point. The precinct will provide a base for boat building and refit businesses in Tauranga and will be managed by Tauranga City Council under the Vessel Works brand.

By mid-2017 (stage 1 development), the precinct will include lots in a range of sizes for marine businesses, a 6,200m2 vessel storage area (hardstand), deep-water marina berths for large vessels and New Zealand’s largest vessel hoist (350-tonne haulage capacity and extra-wide).

Further development (more lots, extension to the hardstand) will be undertaken in stages, based on demand from the industry.

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is the funding partner for the Marine Precinct project, contributing $5 million through the Regional Infrastructure Fund. Tauranga City Council’s $5 million contribution will be partially offset by the sale of properties on and near the site.

For more information please view the project website:

Published: Thursday, 30 Jun 2016 13:00 by Tauranga City Council