Kōrero: Ports and harbours

Napier breakwater

Napier breakwater

This photograph of the Napier breakwater was taken in 1897. Breakwater harbours, built in open coastal waters, were expensive and therefore controversial. For decades there was debate among Hawke’s Bay residents. The inner harbour advocates wanted to go on using the small inner harbour at Ahuriri, and to load overseas ships by using lighters. The breakwater supporters wanted to build a large, modern breakwater port similar to those at Ōamaru and Timaru. One was begun in the 1890s, but a ratepayer poll suspended it in 1909 and it took another poll 25 years later to get it finished for overseas shipping, following the Napier earthquake.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PAColl-8424

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Gavin McLean, 'Ports and harbours - Types of ports', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/5993/napier-breakwater (accessed 14 July 2024)

He kōrero nā Gavin McLean, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006, updated 30 Jul 2015