More than 3,500 tonnes (2,000m³) of new limestone rock was used in the upgrade of a 175m long section of the Hardinge Road erosion protection wall, between Ahuriri Lane and the Ahuriri Bypass.
The project was programed to minimize the disruption to the Little penguins who are known to inhabit this coast line. Contractors - Hawkes Bay Regional Council Works Group, Burgiss Contracting.
This work is to protect the roadway and the footpath which runs alongside it.
It involves excavation, and the addition of a large quantity of limestone rock, carried into the area by truck.
Four other sections of shoreline have been worked on since 2012.
As Little Penguins are known to nest in the area, it will be checked for burrows. The work is taking place outside breeding season, but if any resting or moulting adults are found, approved penguin handlers will move the birds to the nearby kororā sanctuary, featuring nest boxes for displaced penguins, at Napier Port.
For more information, go to www.napierport.co.nz #korora sanctuary
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