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Blessing before wharf work begins

Jull Wharf blessing

Works beginning this week at Jull Wharf in Ahuriri were blessed on Monday with a group that included members of the Jull family.

The wharf, built before 1918, was named for the Chairman of the Harbour Board of the time, Albert Jull, who was a strong supporter for development of the Inner Harbour.

Jull was born in Canada and came to New Zealand as a child in 1877. He lived in Waipawa and raised his family there, most of whom went into farming. Jull retired from the Harbour Board in 1932. He was a Member of Parliament from 1930 until his death in 1940.

Diana Thompson and Gay Jull attended the blessing along with a number of those who will work on the project including Port staff charged with ‘penguin spotting’ at the site. Diana is a granddaughter of the later Albert Jull, and Gay a granddaughter-in-law.

The project is due to take 12-weeks to complete and will see the wharf completely removed. This project is taking place ahead of Napier City Council carrying out works to develop the Inner Harbour. In partnership with mana whenua, a central hub for the sea-going waka will be constructed.

This new Hub and Pavilion will provide a world-class public space that showcases celestial navigation and its cultural significance to Aotearoa New Zealand.

4 May 2023

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