Contractors working on the refurbishment of the wharf have noticed the odd swimmer and kayaker under the wharf or far too close to it. On at least one occasion someone has climbed around the fenced off entrance to the wharf to go fishing.
Rona Bay Wharf is closed to the public until the end of the year while the 110-year-old structure is being refurbished.
Hutt City Council Divisional Manager Parks and Gardens, Bruce Hodgins, says he understands that locals miss access to the wharf over the summer months and he can see the appeal of swimming under the wharf. But there are some worrying hazards to consider.
“The wharf is a construction site with many of its piles and beams needing replacement, so there is the potential for accidents.”
“We can’t build a fence around the entire wharf so we’re asking people to stay at least 10 metres from the wharf, and definitely don’t go under it or try to climb on to it.”