Seawall under way

By Janna Sherman

Work on the first 20m section of the seawall to hold back the erosion of Hokitika beach is finally under way.
Contractors were working yesterday to further clear and mark out the development site before the quarry rock arrives on site next week.
West Coast Regional Council planning and environment manager Mike Meehan said development was starting from the north to combat the worsening erosion toward the river mouth, and also to connect to existing rockwork.
Each stage of the 650m-long wall would be surveyed after its completion — with a cautious approach at the start to “make sure they had everything right,” Mr Meehan said.
As part of the initial works a temporary office and storage facility will also be developed shortly for contractors near the beach site.
Westland Contractors Ltd operations manager Brendon Russ said the area would be security fenced to allow for the storage of machinery and other equipment.
Meanwhile, the company is continuing negotiations with Kiwi Rail and the Westland District Council to open up the Stafford Street railway crossing for trucks to cross.
The $1.8 million seawall will take until the end of the year to complete.