NEW Zealand’s Eastland Port has awarded infrastructure company McConnell Dowell the contract to rebuild Wharf 7 as part of a NZ$60 million project.  

The Wharf 7 upgrade project is expected to take around 18 months to complete and will be designed to support growing exports in the Tairāwhiti region.

McConnell Dowell has more than six decades of experience in delivering marine projects, having worked in construction across New Zealand, Australia, and Asia.


“McConnell Dowell were awarded the contract because they are specialists in construction projects that are challenging and require creative thinking and engineering,” Eastland Port infrastructure manager Marty Bayley said.

The company is reportedly committed to environmental approaches to construction, such as evaluating methods to reduce the amount of concrete and steel used in new builds.

“We are excited to be back in the region and playing a part in Tairāwhiti’s amazing growth story,” McConnell Dowell managing director NZ & Pacific Fraser Wyllie said.

“Ports are a hub for economic activity, and we feel privileged to be part of a project that will increase capacity and bring long term positive outcomes for the community,” he said.

Construction is expected to commence onsite later this month.