Undertaken by Hutt City Council over the last 12 months the wharf has been completely rebuilt and is now a significant community and regional asset.
Te Ātiawa led the blessing ceremony on a beautiful sunny morning with Hutt City Councillors, politicians, Eastbourne Community Board members, the Eastbourne Historical Society, members of the community, Hutt City Council staff and the contractors involved in the wharf rebuild all in attendance.
While there has been work undertaken on the wharf in the past and most notably in 2002, this is the first time in 112 years that the wharf has been fully dismantled, piles repaired and the superstructure renewed. Divers worked in all weather conditions to repair the piles and timber from Point Howard wharf was reused in the Rona Bay wharf.
Mayor Ray Wallace congratulated the community for being strong advocates ensuring the retention of the Rona Bay wharf. The next wharf restoration to get underway in February is the Days Bay wharf.