In celebration of an Eastbourne wharf re-opening, Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry jumped off it this morning.
The 126-year-old wharf was undergoing a two-year refurbishment – the upgrades expected to extend its life for at least another 50 years.
"The Days Bay Wharf is an important piece of community infrastructure. It has been a daily part of local people’s lives and a focal point for the wider city for 125 years, so it’s fitting to celebrate this occasion alongside the community," Barry said.
The $4.6 million project included removing 164 cubic metres of its concrete decking and replacing it with a lightweight and more resilient fibreglass composite covering.
The council’s strategic adviser, Bruce Hodgins, said he was also pleased to see the wharf re-open.
"The wharf brings our region together by allowing people to ferry over to explore the Hutt, so it was important we did this work so people could continue to do this without disruption, and ensure we continued to have a marine gateway to our city," Hodgins said.
The Days Bay Wharf project is part of a broader strategy for the city’s four wharves.
The council will consider the Petone Wharf refurbishment as part of its long term plan.