Creating a protected coastal habitat for kororā
The seawall, which runs along our southern log yard and rises up to seven metres high, is a vital line of defence for the port. In June 2021 we started a significant project to maintain and rebuild the seawall, to provide ongoing protection for the port against disruptive swells, large waves and erosion.
Penguin Management Plan
During the construction phase, a number of kororā (little blue penguins) were discovered in the area. In response, we engaged local ecologist Steve Sawyer to create a comprehensive penguin management plan covering the seawall and immediate surroundings at Kaiti Beach.
This plan was then reviewed by local iwi and hapū, Whaia Titirangi, the Department of Conservation and Gisborne District Council. It includes multiple actions to enhance the seawall habitat and protect the kororā.
A penguin exclusion fence has been installed to prevent kororā from entering the southern log yard and interacting with port operations. The fence will also act as a barrier for ferrets, which are known predators of kororā.