Story: Ports and harbours

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Reclaiming Wellington Harbour

As ships and wharf cranes became larger, the port of Wellington reclaimed land from the sea to accommodate them. This map shows the gradual reclamation, continuing into the late 1960s and early 1970s, when Thorndon was extended to allow for a container terminal. The 24.3-hectare space can hold 6,284 containers.

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Source: Robert A. McClean, Te Whanganui-a-Tara: foreshores reclamations report. Wellington: Waitangi Tribunal, 1997

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Gavin McLean, 'Ports and harbours - The modern era, 1960 onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 September 2020)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 30 Jul 2015