19 November 2009
Campervan park for Wellington’s waterfront
Wellington City Councillors have approved the construction of a campervan park on Wellington’s waterfront and asked the
Council’s waterfront company to prepare a business case to demonstrate the financial viability of a proposed ice skating
rink and temporary tensile fabric structure.
Councillors approved the 2009/10 draft Waterfront Development Plan at today’s Strategy and Policy Committee and asked
Wellington Waterfront Limited to:
complete the planning and design of a temporary campervan park at Kumutoto (opposite the NZ Post headquarters on
Waterloo Quay), prior to construction later this year or early 2010. They also asked Council staff to explore options
for a permanent campervan site somewhere in the city.
prepare a business case to demonstrate the financial viability of a proposed ice skating rink at Queens Wharf and
tensile fabric structure next to Waitangi Park, and complete the planning and design of these projects.
address design issues and explore how to reduce the estimated $400,000 cost of public toilets at Kumutoto, and review
the signage and condition of existing toilet facilities on the waterfront.
Last December the Council agreed to defer commercial projects on the waterfront because of current market conditions.
This created an opportunity to look at temporary uses of the waterfront, including the campervan park, and ice skating
rink. They also agreed to bring the management of the waterfront in-house by July 2010. However they today agreed to
review the role of Wellington Waterfront Limited, which manages waterfront projects, in 2012.
The Council’s Urban Development Portfolio Leader, Councillor Andy Foster, says the Council received 73 submissions on
its draft Waterfront Development Plan, which outlined details of the proposals. “Of these 50 supported the idea of a
campervan park, 45 said Wellington Waterfront Limited should continue to manage waterfront projects, 36 were in favour
of the Kumutoto toilets but some felt the cost should be reduced, and 38 supported the ice skating rink and the
temporary tensile structure but raised concerns over the cost of both projects.
“The waterfront is one of the city’s greatest assets and that is reflected by public interest in what happens there. The
public have rightly asked whether an ice skating rink should be funded by the Council in the current economic climate
and whether Waitangi Park is the right place for a tensile fabric structure and if its benefits outweigh the cost of
keeping it maintained, so we have asked the waterfront company to go away and prepare a business case to prove the
viability of these projects.”