The Opotiki Harbour Development Project is set to revitalise Opotiki.
Large scale aquaculture requires a safe, accessible harbour for boats servicing and harvesting product from offshore marine farms. The existing Opotiki harbour entrance is limited to smaller boats, which can only cross the bar in good conditions. The Opotiki Harbour Development Project will provide access for larger boats by creating an entrance that is navigable in all but the worst conditions, enabling Opotiki to become a service and processing base for aquaculture and other marine related industries.
The Opotiki Harbour Development Project is underpinned by a strong commitment from local community leaders, including iwi and Council, to improve the community's social and economic wellbeing by creating new jobs, increasing the average household income across the district, and adding millions to the economy.