Blessing the Fleet
Editorial .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
• From Chairman, Nick Patterson
Port News.............. 3
• Tuna refits bring business
Port Progress. ......... 4
• Crane update
Safe Harbour........... 5
• Hi-tech pilot aid
Around the Port .. . . . . 6/7
• Shed of art
• Stepping on the gas
SupPORT our Region. .. 8
• Clothing the Masters
Our Port Our People.. . . 9
• Aspiring to Excellence
Meet the Client.. . . . . . . 10
• Fulton Hogan
Environment Update. ..11
• Noise Variation and the future
Looking Back. . . . . . . . . 12
• Haulashore Island
Photo: John-Paul Poochin, Light Ltd
The Blessing of the fishing fleet took a flying leap ahead in the calendar this year, moving from July
because Wakefield Quay was having a big revamp over the winter. On October 28 a crowd of around
4000 gathered to watch the ceremony and the displays that followed it. Bishop Richard Ellena, Reverend
Jeff Cotton and Father Michael O’Dea took the blessing service, with fishing boats lined up in front of the
Seafarers’ Memorial. Music was provided by the Nelson Male Voice Choir, Nelson Christian Academy, lone
piper Perry Smith and the Nelson City Brass Band, with pigeons released at the end of the service.
“This annual event is now in its eleventh year and is a very special commemoration by the Seafarers’
Memorial Trust for those who have lost their lives at sea as well as a blessing for the Nelson fishing fleet,”
said trust spokesman Mike Smith. “It’s a service cemented into the Nelson calendar and one that shows
the important contribution the fishing and seafood industry make to our community.”
The photo shows the fireworks display held the previous evening, with the Seafarers’ Memorial in
the foreground; and to the left, the PNL tug WH Parr and the harbour master's launch Punawai taking part
in the display after the ceremony.
Port Nelson Limited report. December 2011. Page 2
A Strong Year for Port Nelson
At the AGM at the end of October Port Nelson Ltd reported another steady year, with a dividend to the
two local councils of $4.2million. Chairman Nick Patterson told shareholders that it was pleasing to see the
port performing consistently, given the global economic downturn of the past 18 months.
He said there were several factors contributing to revenue being higher than expected.
Logs were again a steady performer for us, which meant
stevedoring activity was also stronger than expected, both in
Nelson and for log operations out of Picton. Container volumes,
while down on last year, were also higher than anticipated.
However, expenses were also over budget, with the high cost of
maintaining our two existing cranes driving the decision to bring
forward the purchase of the new LHM 550 mobile harbour crane.
Electricity and fuel prices were up, and plant hire costs were also up
because of the greater stevedoring activity.
The final cargo tonnage figure for the year was 2.711 million, down
on the record of 2010 but still ahead of budget. As well as the
strong figures for logs, apple volumes were ahead of expectations
for the year, as were bulk wine shipments in flexi-tanks, thanks to
another large grape harvest in Marlborough. However, processed
forestry volumes were down on budget, due to higher log prices,
log availability issues and tough market conditions.
While it was a positive year to the end of June, there are indications
the demand for logs from China is now softening, along with
other major challenges facing key port users. The skyrocketing
value of the New Zealand dollar is making life very difficult for
many exporters, with the export apple industry again facing a
difficult year. Another cost will be the 200 percent hike in insurance
premiums facing the port, following the Canterbury earthquakes.
Direct shipping services also remain an ongoing issue within
the industry. The move to larger vessels continues to be pushed
by many parties, including the Shippers’ Council and the newly
formed freight partnership Kotahi, currently consisting of Fonterra
and Silver Fern Farms. It certainly remains the long-term industry
view that ships will only get bigger, even given recent moves by a
number of lines to new services with smaller vessels.
I take this opportunity to thank my fellow directors, staff and clients
and to wish you all the best for a safe and happy holiday and a
prosperous New Year.
Chairman, Port Nelson Ltd
The demand from China for logs contributed to cargo volumes being 51,000 tonnes up on budget for the last financial year.
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The fourth tuna vessel to undergo a refit at Port Nelson arrived in
September and should be finished before Christmas. The project
is led by Diverse Engineering, but is creating work for several other
companies in the port area. Diverse General Manager Shane Solly
says the trend for tuna refit work to be done in Nelson started 18
months ago with the Cape Ferrat.
Port Nelson Limited report. December 2011. Page 3
“We were asked to do a main engine repair in Fiji and it was evident
when we went up that it couldn’t be done without considerable
workshop backup,” he says. “We managed to convince the owners to
tow her down here. Since then, getting the next three vessels here
was just a matter of persistence.”
Three different owners have now had vessels repaired at Port Nelson.
Following on from the Cape Ferrat came the Cape Breton, then the
Western Pacific, with each taking several weeks.
The latest, the Isabella, is owned by a Miami company and was towed
in from American Samoa. The photo shows the engine being lifted
out by one of the PNL Liebherr cranes at Main Wharf.
Power to the Pilot
The pilot launch Waimea II is skimming through the waves with
two new outboard motors, powered up from V6 to V8. Workshop
Supervisor Craig Terris said the two-year-old engines had done
2,500 hours: “Probably as much as it would take a family boat to
do on fishing trips over 15 summers.”
The Journey to Excellence
The two new Yamaha 300hp V8s were shipped in from Sydney
and fitted in the former Reliance Engineering workshop in mid
October. While the Waimea II was out of action the pilots were
taken to and from vessels by the tugs.
We held a presentation to
stakeholders at the end of
October, the first one we’ve
staged for a couple of years, and
the first on the home turf of
our new Visitor Centre. Martin
Byrne delivered a presentation
that covered the key events of
the past year, and looked at the
challenges facing international
shipping in general and Port
Nelson in particular. Afterwards
guests enjoyed hospitality and
time to talk port business.
“Organisations sitting on their hands adopting
the complacency model are in jeopardy of
becoming decimated by the advance of the
nimble fleet footed, fast, cost-effective and
superior quality products or services offered
by the industry leaders who are adopting
Lean Thinking as a fundamental way of
That’s the challenging introduction on the
website of Auckland University’s Bryan
Travers, a management consultant who we
had here recently conducting a two day
course for 26 people across the company.
Lead Your Industry
Employee Relations Manager Melisa Kappely says key
people were selected from the different divisions of
the company at different levels, and will become the
core as we move towards a culture of excellence.
“We are always working towards continuous
improvement in the way we do business and striving
to be the best,” she says, “as part of that journey
towards excellence we are looking at our processes,
at eliminating waste and increasing efficiency - the
tools of ‘lean’ philosophy can help us to get there.”
The diagram gives the key stages in Lean Thinking –
a term used to describe the management method made
famous by Toyota.
Our new Liebherr LMH 550 is now fully
commissioned and pulling more than
its share of the weight of container
movements. Workshop Supervisor
Craig Terris says the new machine
is considerably more advanced
than the port’s other two
“This is just the third crane of the 550 model that Liebherr has
produced,” he says. “It has advanced automated features
such as overload management and driver identification,
with each driver entering his pin number at the start of a
When the crane arrived in late May a commissioning
engineer from the Liebherr factory in Austria was here for
ten weeks overseeing the set up, then a service engineer
made a later trip to iron out some teething problems.
Craig says Liebherr have been excellent to work with
through this process.
"Early on we sorted out some initial issues with
hydraulics and since then we have had the
software updated to give the drivers more
control over the speed of lowering a load
– it’s those last few centimetres that are
so important for reducing noise."
Craig says the drivers are enjoying
the new crane: “It’s smart and
smooth and even has that
‘new vehicle’ smell.”
Thumbs up from Rodney
High profile ACT MP Rodney Hide met up with Liebherr’s
New Zealand Agents at a crane industry conference in
Queenstown over winter, where he was speaking as Minster
of Local Government. The Minister heard about our new
LMH 550 and didn’t waste any time in making a follow-up
visit to see it in action. He drove trucks at Port Lyttelton in
a past life, so is no stranger to heavy machinery and was
very impressed with the new crane. While at PNL he had
discussions with Matt McDonald and Chief Commerical
Officer Parke Pittar both about the new crane and the port
industry in general.
The dredge Kawatiri was in Nelson on and off
during October and November clearing the
shipping channels to the charted depths. PNL
has Resource Consent to dispose of 50,000
cubic metres per year of dredged material
into a designated area of Tasman Bay, with
comprehensive environment monitoring
carried out by Cawthron.
Dredge Master Jeff Walker says the work in
Nelson is very different from Westport, where
the Kawatiri is based: “Down there we just
keep digging to keep the shipping channel
open through the Westport Bar and our motto
is ‘the more we’ve got the better’. In Nelson we
are trying to target particular depths for the
different areas, and working within the constraint
of the total cubic metre volume that the consent
Jeff says there is less material to be dredged from
the shipping channels every year, and this year
it was even lower than usual. However, he says
there was unexpected infill on the outer channel,
with recent weather stirring up material in the
shallow water nearby.
Port Nelson Limited report. December 2011. Page 5
Hi-tech Pilot Aid
Our pilots now have ‘eyes in the back of their heads’ and a whole lot more information to help
them guide vessels safely through the Cut and into berth. In September PNL invested in new
piloting software and a rugged waterproof laptop to run it. Marine Operations Manager Dave
Duncan explains that an antenna is attached to the ‘bridge wing’, to transmit GPS and AIS data
to the laptop by Bluetooth.
“At a glance the pilot can see where the ship is heading, which way it is moving, its speed, how
far off the passage plan or leads it is and the rate of turn in degrees per minute,” he explains.
“Some older ships don’t have this information – even if they do, it’s now in a format we’re
familiar with on our own machine. The other beautiful thing it does is predict where the ship
will be in 30, 60 or 90 seconds.”
Once in port, the pilot switches from navigation to docking mode: “Where we used to work by
visuals, experience and instinct, the Personal Pilot Unit gives us exact distances, which is great
when you’re on the front of a ship where you can’t see the stern.”
Dave says as well as being a very useful tool on the job, the software stores the information on
each trip so it can be used for training or for an investigation if there is an accident.
gets in to the
Make it click
We’ve all developed the habit of wearing seatbelts in our cars, but
it’s been a change for the drivers of our heavy lifting gear to have
to bring this habit to work. Our fleet of Mafi trucks, empty container
handlers and top lifters has just had three-point seatbelts fitted,
replacing their factory fitted lap belts. Container Yard Supervisor
Andy Farmer says while Port Nelson has been accident free, there
have been instances where heavy lifters have overbalanced in other
ports: “It’s a nasty accident if you fall forward from the driver’s seat,
so this is an important measure for our staff.”
Sun-smart for summer
One of the standout changes noted from the old films mentioned on
our sponsorship page was the lack of concern for safety issues, even
in 1980 when the most recent of the historic films was made. Port
staff were seen skipping out of the way as logs rolled from slings,
and working stripped to the waist in the hot Nelson sun. These days
we hand out sunscreen and sun hats to staff as well as offering presummer
spot checks for melanoma.
QuayPack Foreman Jeremy Salton gets the once over from skin
specialist Dr David Orsbourn, who says the baby boomers are proving
a high risk age group, having grown up at a time when it was usual to
oil up and spend hours in the sun getting a fashionable tan.
Safe boating for the holidays
Switching to his Harbour Master’s hat, Dave Duncan is optimistic about boatie behaviour as summer approaches. He says a big Thank
You to boaties, who have been cooperative and well behaved. Dave is keeping the safety messages to the fore in the Nelson Weekly and
on local radio.
“I have been involved in emergency incidents and seen lives lost unnecessarily, I want to ensure it doesn’t happen in Nelson and I’d like
people to pay a bit more attention to wearing life jackets and reducing their speed.”
We welcome any suggestions or information to make Port Nelson a safer working environment.
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Port Nelson Limited report. December 2011. Page 6
around the port...
Shed of Art
Inquiries and bookings are
coming in from superyachts
for this summer, with the new
berth for them making Port
Nelson a more attractive
stop-off. Marine Operations
Manager Dave Duncan says
the old superyacht pontoon
from the layup berths has
been shifted to the end
of the coastal berth, off
“It’s used by the Abel
Tasman ferry Crusader
overnight, and the
seaward side is available
for superyachts up to
130m,” he says. “The
pontoon runs up and
down the line of the
tide and prevailing
wind so it is a
with good access
to the city and to
Once used for cargo storage, now often a place for Customs embargoed items,
the old shed close to the coastal berth had its moment of glamour during the
Rugby World Cup festivities when it became a gallery space for work by seven
prominent New Zealand artists, spanning the boundary between jewellery and
Nelson Sculpture Trust director Rebecca Hamid organised the exhibition, called
‘Shed’ and said she intended it to stimulate ‘informed debate’ about the trust's
controversial $2.5 million sculpture project proposed for Haulashore Island,
getting people thinking about scale and materials.
Photo: KIRATI www.cubiclenelson.com
The ‘big top’ went up at the Calwell Slipway at Port Nelson during the winter
for the extensive refit of a 27-metre pleasure boat undertaken by Dickson
Scaffolding was erected over the decks then covered with plastic sheeting to
give the boat and workers protection from the elements during the 10-week
project, while providing a dust-free atmosphere for the painting. The large
contract saw around 30 people working on the painting and engineering
aspects of the project. The ‘tent’ technique is standard for superyachts being
worked on in Auckland, but was a first for the South Island.
Photo: Nelson Mail
The Westpac Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce
BusinessAwards were announced on November 18
and we were there as we have been since the awards
began in 1998.
Jennian Homes Nelson Bays won the Port Nelson
Large Business Award, and also took out the Wakatu
Incorporation Innovation Award and the Westpac
Supreme Business Award.
It was a ‘rags to riches’ story for Jennian Managing
Director Simon Collett, who left school with
no qualifications and is now the director of six
companies, employing up to 50 staff and contractors
and building about 60 homes a year under the
Jennian and Milestone Homes brands.
Jennian won the Nelson Pine Industries Service
Excellence Award last year, which Mr Collett said
encouraged him to enter again.
Mr Collett said he was extremely excited by the
triplesuccess at the awards. He paid tribute to his
staff and thanked his customers.
Chamber of Commerce CEO Dot Kettle said that
given the tough economic times, she was heartened
by the number of businesses with the courage and
commitment to enter this year.
Port Nelson Limited report. December 2011. Page 7
If you’d been asked how many paper cups PNL got
through in a year, would you have guessed 62,000?
This figure was revealed when we embarked on a
Waste Audit, with Mary Curnow from the Nelson
Environment Centre’s Waste Education Service.
Please note the past tense - paper cups are now
history, replaced by 200 glass coffee mugs.
RePort checked out a new style coffee break and
found a positive reaction, with Line Handlers Rex
Thorpe and Andrew Rankin noting the mugs are
nicer to drink from, and that there are no ‘dead’ cups
littering the port.
Environmental Officer Thomas Marchant says the
change means a $12,000 saving per year just on
buying cups. “There’s also less rubbish going to the
landfill, which is what the waste audit is all about,
plus the dirty cups often contaminated the paper
waste that we are trying to recycle.”
In other waste audit moves, more cages have been
installed for cardboard, and tighter measures will
see more office waste recycled. Mary Curnow says as
levies go up at the landfill, there will be more money
to be saved through recycling.
Man the lifeboat
A bright orange lifeboat appeared near the recreational
berth in spring, as Nelson Marlborough Institute of
Technology invested in the plant needed to add
lifeboat and survival skills to its maritime training.
Programme Leader Katherine Walker said lifeboat
launching and drills were essential training for all
seafarers, and students would have the opportunity to
safely practice launching and retrieval of the lifeboat,
as well as taking the helm. The enclosed type boat is
now standard on commercial vessels, and the new
facility puts NMIT at the forefront of maritime survival
As oil and gas exploration steps up
around the New Zealand coast we
wanted to get the word out and about
what Port Nelson offers to this sector as
a shore base. We’ve produced a brochure
with some great photos of the oilrigs
and ships that have already used Port
Nelson, and information on all that
Nelson offers. This includes a sheltered
port that is not subject to ocean swells,
close proximity to a range of engineering
services, Nelson Marlborough Institute of
Technology with its courses on maritime
safety, the expertise of Helicopters New
Zealand plus the region’s climate for high
working days and lifestyle attractions for
shore based staff. The new marketing
tool has been well received at recent
industry conferences and we have just
produced a similar brochure targeting
general vessel refits.
He’s a Master
Several staff made the most of the opportunity of having the Masters’ South
Island Games in Nelson to ‘play hard and party harder’ as the games’ slogan
had it, with Cargo Logistics Supervisor Mark Smith leading the medal haul
with four golds. Mark used to be a regular competitor in Masters’ events, but
had to let that go to focus on his Touch rugby efforts, that saw him selected
for the New Zealand team last year to play in Australia. With the Masters’ on his
home patch Mark stepped up his athletics training and took gold in the 60m
and 100m sprints as well as the 200m and 400m races.
Other PNL staff to
compete were Digby
Kynaston in multisports,
Wendy Lindbom whose
volleyball team won
silver, Ian Inwood who
won silver in small-bore
shooting, bowlers Peter
and Ian Inwood, Ron
Whall and Brent Russell,
with Ian and Brent
winning silver in the pairs,
Suzanne Draaijer playing
netball, Ian Wright in
athletics and Jock Bruce
in the 10km run and the
Mark Smith (centre) takes
Gold at the Masters’ Games.
supPORTing our region
Enthusiastic volunteers show off their Port Nelson sponsored tee-shirts while stuffing welcome packs for Masters’ Games’ participants.
Clothing the Masters
The nine day South Island Masters’ Games Festival welcomed 3,000 athletes of all abilities from across New Zealand and overseas, plus 1000
supporters. Helping it all to run smoothly were 200 volunteers, looking smart and visible in blue tee-shirts sponsored by Port Nelson Ltd.
Sport Tasman Events Manager Rita Merriman said the volunteer programme was critical to the success of this whole event, which offered
participants over 50 sports to choose from as well as a jam-packed social programme.
Back in the day…
The Nelson Arts Festival this year had a local addition to the
programme, that proved to be one of the first shows to sell out.
Historic films of Port Nelson, rescued and restored, thanks to the
Nelson Film Society, screened to two packed houses at the Suter
Cinema on October 6. The feature of the show was the film made
in 1949 by then Nelson Harbour Board General Manager, Bill Parr,
to gain support for a ratepayer poll to raise funds for improvements
to the Cut and major reclamation. Bill was also the Nelson Film
Society founder and an enthusiast for ‘home movies’. His son David
attended the screening with his wife Alma, seen below with film
society secretary Chris Watson. David said his father’s PR efforts
were part of his childhood: “I can remember him going out to
meetings in places like Tapawera and Motupipi to get the approval
to raise the loan,” he said. “He was very involved in his job – I used
to go down to the port with him on a Saturday morning and fish off
the wharf while he worked.”
Every conference needs an ‘icebreaker’ and we were pleased to
sponsor this event for the New Zealand Coastal Society Conference,
held in Nelson in early November. Infrastructure Manager Matt
McDonald, below with conference organisor Deirdre Hart, addressed
the attendees and gave them some background on Port Nelson’s
evolution on the local coastline, and the measures we have in place
to protect the coastal environment.
The Coastal Society has 400 members, including representatives
from government, tourism and the port industry as well as scientists,
planners, engineers and
academics. The annual
and best practice, and
opportunities for people
with an interest in the
coast, to encourage
better outcomes for our
Our strong links to the
use of the local coastal
environment and interests
in national issues such
as harbour works and
development made this a
good sponsorship fit.
Port Nelson Limited report. December 2011. Page 9
One of the major initiatives
over the last 12 months has
been the roll out of our ASPIRE
values programme, standing
for Accountability, Safety,
Passion, Integrity, Respect and
Excellence. Employee Relations
Manager Melisa Kappely says
the buy-in by staff at all levels
of the organisation has been
great. “It is something that we
can be justifiably proud of and
that will hold us in good stead in
the future, particularly with the
challenges that lie ahead in the
We went to the ‘coalface’ to get
some feedback from staff and
found they agree that ASPIRE
has sharpened their focus on what working for PNL is all about.
Bob Huggins, Linesman & Launch Master, says ASPIRE has
reinforced his values: “I have always respected the hand that feeds
me and to me ASPIRE means total Respect for the company and
its customers, total Respect for your workmates, total Respect for
equipment and plant and total Respect for your surroundings so
that you stay safe. To me Respect covers most of the other values –
they can’t really exist without it.”
Tim Loach, Cargo Ops Supervisor, sees Integrity and Honesty as
the overarching values in his supervisory role: “I always turn up fit
and ready and I expect that of the lads. I make myself approachable,
I’m open to their concerns and if I can’t give them the outcome
Aspiring to Excellence
they want I give them a logical
reason why. ASPIRE has put
a stake in the ground. It has
helped us with recruitment, we
are looking more at who you are
than what you can do. You can
teach people to drive a forklift
but you can’t teach them to be
honest or passionate. “
Tina Rajino, Systems
Administrator, sees ASPIRE
as a valuable day to day reminder
of the company values, and says
it is Passion that underlies her
job: “I had worked in systems
for the UN and I was so happy
when I found a job where I could
do that in Nelson. I think you
should be passionate about what you are doing and I am passionate
about making the Maximo system work perfectly, and keeping on
building it up and developing it. I’m also passionate about IT so this
is the perfect job for me. If you give your best for the organisation
you help move things forward and make your time with the
Greg Dyer, Auto Electrician, is a Health and Safety rep and values
the increased emphasis on Safety: “You can help a workmate
stay safe by pointing out an error rather than turning a blind eye.
Watching out for others has improved around the port, and you’ll
now hear people reminding others to put on their ear-muffs or
safety glasses. Everyone is more aware of the importance of the little
things to make sure that we all get home at the end of the day.”
our port our people
Blokes are known to like
fixing and making things
in their sheds, and if you
can turn that into your
paid job it seems to be
a recipe for happiness
and long service. Our
workshop has just clocked
up its fifth staffer to reach
30 years of service, and
there are two more who
will reach that milestone
Happy in their workshop
We caught up with the
two most recent 30
year servers, from left,
Maintenance Worker Al
Cochrane and Launch
Master Peter Hoff, along
with Electrician Dennis
Maxted and Container
Yard Supervisor Andy
Farmer who have both
served 10 years, as has
Jim Lane who was absent
from the photo.
They all agree the variety
of the job at the port and
the great crew they work
with are the key factors
in keeping them on the
PNL staff. Al Cochrane
looks back on an era when
the reclamation was just
starting and he drove a
bull-dozer, working where
the Reliance workshops
are today. Peter Hoff also
began driving heavy plant,
and was also a diver doing
wharf maintenance back in
the Harbour Board days.
Port Nelson Limited report. December 2011. Page 10
Fulton Hogan is a
company with a staff
of over 6000.
Chances are, most days
of the week, at least four
members of that team
are down at Port Nelson,
keeping our wharves
and pavement in
Maintaining Our Standards
During the Great Depression, Jules Fulton and Bob Hogan had both
lost their jobs, and saw an opportunity, as cars replaced horses,
to set up a roading business. From start up in 1933, they literally
trucked along, weathering the bitumen and workforce shortages
of WWII, and slowly growing their Dunedin based business. The
company is still privately owned and the two founding families are
still very involved in day-to-day business operations.
Fulton Hogan Holdings Ltd entered the Nelson region in 1970, joining
forces with Transport Nelson to form Tasman Asphalt Ltd. From 1985
they acquired several other contracting businesses, consolidating
under the name Fulton Hogan. Today the Nelson-Buller Region base
is near Nelson Airport on Bolt Road, with a staff of 140 around the
region, constructing roads and bridges and upgrading streets and
stormwater systems for government authorities and the private
sector. Along with the construction and maintenance work, Fulton
Hogan’s regional core business includes supplying aggregate and
asphalt to the local market.
Fulton Hogan’s work for Port Nelson is divided between two divisions:
Construction and Civil. The company has close relationships with
Infrastructure Manager Matt McDonald and his team, who oversee
Eamon Powick heads Fulton Hogan’s pavement maintenance
contract at the port, and says a ‘common theme’ is damage from
containers, and pot holes from heavy machinery.
“We are working on a new contract stabilising 7000sq m of pavement
in the Container Yard, which involves milling cement into the
existing paving material and then applying new asphalt surfacing
over the top,” he says. “Port Nelson is really easy to work with – they
know what they want and have a practical approach.”
The wharf maintenance work at the port is managed by Mary
Falconer. This work involves general fender and wharf repairs, with
bigger contracts for major upgrades and pile replacements that are
“A lot of this work is tidal and governed by shipping requirements,”
Mary explains. “We have a new contract to undertake structural
maintenance work on Brunt Quay, that we will carry out over
summer with a crew of four to five.”
This type of repair work is labour intensive, as sections of wharf are
scaffolded to break out the damaged concrete and replace with
new. Mary echoes Eamon’s positive comments on working with the
port infrastructure team.
“We respect and value PNL as a client, they are practical and
honest to work with,” she adds. “As a company we appreciate the
consistency of the port work and their flexibility to work in with our
Fulton Hogan’s ‘men on the spot’ at Port Nelson are Stu Heath,
leading the civil team, while Matt Cockerton looks after the
Port Nelson Limited report. December 2011. Page 11
We are very close to a major milestone in our efforts to deal with
port noise, with the Nelson City Council (NCC) expected to adopt
the Port Noise Variation to the their Resource Management Plan
very soon. We have been working to the measures contained in the
Variation while it was under appeal to the Environment Court; but
PNL Environmental Officer Thomas Marchant says it is satisfying to
have the mediation process behind us.
“This will mean we can now concentrate wholeheartedly on measures
to reduce noise and to mitigate its effects,” he said.
We have also achieved two significant steps with both the Noise
Management Plan and Noise Mitigation Plan being ratified by
NCC. The Noise Management Plan now incorporates a number of
improvements that have arisen as part of the mediation process.
The Variation requires us to work with noise-affected property
owners on mitigation measures. Of the 11 stage one (most affected)
properties, three elected to sell to PNL, five have gone ahead with
acoustic treatment paid for by PNL and two are yet to confirm their
approach. A total of eight Acoustic Certificates have been obtained.
In stage two, where there are 110 properties and we work with the
owners on mitigation costs, 45 replied, 37 have had acoustic reports
prepared and 10 properties have had some acoustic treatment, with
PNL paying 50 percent of costs.
Of the 145 properties in stage three, 35 replied to our letter outlining
the mitigation offer to them, 12 have had acoustic reports prepared
and two have had some acoustic treatment, mainly for ventilation,
with PNL paying a contribution.
Anyone interested in finding out more about noise mitigation for
their home should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Noise Variation couldn’t have been achieved without
the residents who have worked with us on the Port
Noise Liaison Committee. We caught up with long serving
residents’ rep Bruce Robertson who got involved after
making a submission as the Variation went through the
public consultation stage. Bruce’s early 20th century villa In
Mount Pleasant Avenue looks out over the cargo operations
area. He says joining the Port Noise Liaison Committee has
been interesting, challenging and satisfying.
“The Port is really doing a tremendous job on cutting back
on noise and Thomas (Marchant) and Matt (McDonald) are
great to work with,” he says. “As a small business owner I’ve
been very aware of what a cumbersome process this has
been to go through – I have learnt a lot.”
Bruce’s original submission suggested noise monitoring,
and he has been gratified to see that brought in. “Once
they get better at identifying the various sounds this is
going to be a fantastic tool,” he says.
Framing our future
Port Nelson is one of 24 leading organisations chosen to sit on
the Mayoral Taskforce for Sustainability, which is overseeing the
development of the Community Sustainability Strategy for Nelson,
now known as Framing our Future. As a significant employer in
the region and a central part of the community of Nelson, we
take this role seriously and see developing this strategy as a very
important process to be involved in. Recently Thomas Marchant
was interviewed for a Nelson Mail series on the taskforce’s work.
Thomas outlined several of the measures in place to make the port
more sustainable, such as catching rainwater for use in damping
down log yards and the recapture of fumigant. Thomas said the
port was on a ‘sustainability journey’ and was drafting a formal
plan on this: ‘It’s been a natural progression of efficiency gains and
Framing our Future Project Manager Chris Ward from the Nelson
City Council says having a big business like PNL on board is
absolutely essential: “We are keen to ensure we have wide buyin
and that the community takes ownership of this process.
The economy and business are a big part of the community that
needs to be represented.”
The Nelson waterfront is valued for recreation – looking after this environment
is in all our interests, now and into the future. Photo: Tourism Nelson Tasman
RePort is Green
In line with our environmental policies RePort uses elemental chlorine free paper produced from
sustainably managed forests. RePort is printed with vegetable based inks.
Port Nelson Limited report. December 2011. Page 12
With plans to place a large sculpture on Haulashore Island, it’s timely to take a look back at this Nelson landmark,
one that we all see as we drive along Rocks Road, but may not know much about.
Children’s Day at Haulashore Island, Easter 1918
Side shows including Aunt Sally and the Ocean Wave, ‘excellent teas in a
marquee for the low price of 6d’ and a ‘capital programme of music by Vitetta
Brothers’ Orchestra’ contributed to a great day out for children and their parents,
according to The Colonist newspaper. This was war time and all proceeds from
the picnic went to King George’s Fund for Sailors.
Photo: Nelson Provincial Museum, C3197.
In the early days of the European settlement Haulashore was known
as Fifeshire Island, after one of the first settler ships. However, its
use for hauling boats up to be cleaned saw the island renamed. It
was Nelson’s first European cemetery, as the burial place of Thomas
Cresswell who arrived in the Whitby with Captain Arthur Wakefield's
expedition in 1841. When the Nelson settlement was planned,
1100 Town Acres were needed and four sections were surveyed on
Haulashore. Early maps also show three forts, named for Admiral
Lord Nelson’s Battles: the Corsican ports of Bastia, Calvi where he lost
an eye, and Aboukir, which was the scene of the Battle of the Nile.
In a 1970 article in the Nelson Historical Society Journal, B E
Dickinson speculates on whether the named forts were ever built.
There were plenty of cannons around at the time, ship’s cannons,
cannons on Britannia Heights and Church Hill used to alert the
settlers to arrival of ships. They crop up in newspapers of the day,
but it’s hard to pin them down to Haulashore. As Dickinson states:
“… if you wander about Haulashore Island today among the pine
trees…you fail to see any signs of fortifications. Not a fragment
of ruined stone-wall, not a single block of masonry are to be seen
anywhere. What has happened to the forts? Where have they gone?
Who destroyed them? We haven't one sketch or plan to show what
they looked like!”
Reports of cannons being fired from the port are equally vague, as
the firings mentioned in early newspapers could have been fired
from ships. A report to Colonel Wakefield written in 1844 on the
occasion of the visit to Nelson of Governor Fitzroy states: "Governor
Fitzroy …… did not land ‘til the Wednesday morning at 10am. On
leaving the North Star (which was anchored in Bolton Roads) he
was saluted by that vessel and the salute returned from the fort."
At last – a fort is mentioned!
Later, in August 1857, when gold fever hit Collingwood, Nelson
reacted to news that Chinese miners might be coming with an
outburst of ‘white fright’. A meeting at the courthouse was told
by one excited settler ‘that they should try and prevent any such
immigration even if they had to load the port guns!”
More Haulashore stories
Up until 1906 when The Cut was made in the Boulder Bank,
Haulashore was only an actual island at high tide. Old maps show the
Pilot Channel between the lighthouse and the powder magazine,
was used by the pilot as a short cut to ships waiting to enter port.
One of the stories recorded by those who lived in the keepers’
cottages at the lighthouse is from Mrs Coleman. She tells how her
brothers liked to tease the herd of goats then living on the island
by chasing them down the Boulder Bank past the lighthouse, and
holding them until the tide rose so the goats could only get back to
Haulashore by swimming.
Another interesting story about Haulashore is that the City Council
used to take gravel from the Island for road building. The gravel was
loaded on to a barge by shovel and barrow, then a large square sail
was hoisted and the south-west wind would take the barge to the
old gasworks wharf, where Vickerman Street now joins Haven Road.
This journey could take up to half a day, depending on the tide
Early conservationist Perrine Moncrieff, who was instrumental in the
creation of the Abel Tasman National Park, had a hand in making
Haulashore Island a reserve. After the death of their elder son in
1925, the Moncrieffs donated part of Haulashore Island to the
children of Nelson.
Source: Forts on Haulashore, B. E. Dickinson, Nelson Historical Society Journal,
Volume 2, Issue 4, May 1970; additional information from the Nelson Historical
Society Journals Volume 2, Issue 1, February 1966 and Volume 2, Issue 5,