Replica wharf building proposed

By Janna Sherman

A replica weigh station building that serviced the Hokitika wharf last century is to be re-created on Gibson Quay.
The tiny building once sat adjacent to the old wharf shed at the end of Tancred Street, and ended its days in Stafford, where it was destroyed by a tornado in the late 1980s.
Heritage Hokitika have decided to build a replica as part of its quayside development project.
President Bernard Preston said they were now at the consent stage to get the old port structure erected beside the Custom House.
Old photographs of the original building — which served the wharf through its heyday during the 1800s — were used to draw up plans for the $13,000 project.
Mr Preston said once it was complete they hoped to also source some scales that would have been used around the time.
“We are hoping some of the racing clubs might still have a similar weigh scale that they might like to donate,” he said.
The estimated 6ft by 10ft display will be the latest addition to the heritage trail development along the quay, which extends to the Tambo shipwreck memorial at the river mouth.