Wellington Harbour Board

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Head Office and Bond Store on Queens Wharf.
Wharf offices from the Government or Queen's Wharf. The bronze building on Customhouse Quay is on the site of New Zealand's General Post Office.
The former wharf offices seen from Post Office Square.

The Wellington Harbour Board was constituted by act of parliament which took effect on 1 January 1880. Shipowners, those paying harbour dues, Wellington City, Hutt County, Wairarapa County, Wellington's Chamber of Commerce all elected representatives to the board. The Mayor of Wellington was a member as was one further direct government appointment.

In October 1988 obliged by central government's unexpected resort to the High Court the business of the port was taken over from the Board by a conventional commercial enterprise, also named Port of Wellington Limited. The Lambton Harbour Project begun in 1985 hiving off and developing the Board's waterfront property in conjunction with the Wellington City Council and the Board's own self-corporatisation in mid-1987 were made obsolete.

The Board's own decisions had been overtaken by the central government's restructuring of its own and local government activities. For ports these were set out in the Ports Reform Act of April 1988 and they were given effect in Wellington the following October.

After realising its substantial remaining assets accumulated over almost 110 years the proceeds were divided between the district councils now representing Wellington, Hutt, Wairarapa and Manawatu and the Wellington Harbour Board's life ended through the 1989 local government reforms on 31 October of that year.

Establishment[edit]

The new board was given the right to levy dues on goods passing through the port but no assets. At the time the Harbourmaster and Pilots were government employees. The City Council owned Queens Wharf and its bond store. There was a new wharf and reclamation but it belonged to New Zealand Railways

Redevelopment of the coastline[edit]

An animation showing the phases of reclamation by year in Wellington Harbour.
Lambton Harbour.
The Container Terminal.
Reclamation for future expansion.

Chairs of Wellington Harbour Board[edit]

Source[1]
Name Lifetime Electorate Elected
Chair
Years
served
Elected
to Board
Served Source
William Hort Levin 1845–1893 Governor 1880 1 1880 3
William Valentine Jackson 1832–1900 Wellington 1881 2 1880 1 [2]
Edward Pearce 1832–1922 Governor 1883 5 1880 16
John Duthie 1841–1915 Wellington 1887 1 1883 6
Henry Rose 1833–1912 Shipowners 1888 3 1880 18 [3]
William Booth 1837–1903 Wairarapa 1891 1 1884 7 [4]
John Honeycombe Cock 1848–1892 Chamber of Commerce 1892 1 1889 3 [5]
John Jack 1827–1909 Wellington 1893 1 1890 8 [6]
Thomas John William Gale 1853–1903 Chamber of Commerce 1895 2 1892 10 [7]
Francis Humphris Fraser 1833–1911 Governor 1897 2 1892 18 [8]
John Hutcheson 1854–1940 Government 1899 1 1896 4 [9]
Harold Beauchamp 1858–1938 Wellington 1900 3 1895 13
Nicholas Reid 1837–1915 Shipowners 1903 1 1898 6 [10]
William Cable 1848–1922 Wellington 1904 2 1896 16 [11]
Thomas Kennedy Macdonald 1847–1914 Governor 1906 2 1904 7 [12]
Thomas Mason Wilford 1870–1939 Governor 1908 2 1900 7
Robert Fletcher 1863–1918 Wellington 1910 5 1906 12
Charles Edward Daniell 1856–1939 Wairarapa 1915 4 1903 20 [13]
Joseph George Harkness 1850–1930 Governor 1919 4 1908 3
George Mitchell 1877–1939 Wellington 1923 2 1921 8
Maurice Cohen 1862–1934 Manawatu 1925 2 1908 21 [14]
John George Cobbe 1859–1944 Manawatu 1927 2 1911 18 [15]
John William McEwan 1856–1942 Hutt 1929 2 1908 25 [16]
Charles John Boyd Norwood 1871–1966 Wellington 1931 2 1918 32
Charles Murray Turrell 1868–1944 Shipowners 1933 2 1919 25 [17]
Thomas Robert Barrer 1863–1951 Wairarapa 1934 2 1923 24
Dougall John McGowan 1880–1940 Payers of Dues 1936 2 1923 17 [18]
Meldrum Alfred Eliott 1867–1946 Manawatu 1939 2 1929 17
William Lockhart Fitzherbert 1877–1956 Manawatu 1940 1 1929 27
William Henry Price 1872–1963 Shipowners 1941 13 1932 24
Sir William Appleton 1889–1958 Wellington 1954 3 1938 21
Brian Edwin Keiller 1901–1977 Manawatu 1957 4 1947 24
Ernest Richard Toop 1895–1976 Wellington 1961 5 1956 18
Barton Albert Barton-Ginger 1892–1969 Makara 1966 2 1956 13
Eric Malcolm Hodder 1897–1987 Wairarapa 1968 3 1950 24
Rolland O'Regan 1904–1992 Wellington 1971 3 1968 9
Henry Alan James 1924–2001 Wairarapa 1974 6 1956 24
John King 1917–2012 Feilding 1980 6 1977 12
Nigel J. Gould Lower Hutt 1986 3 1980 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnson, David (1996). "Members and Officers of the Wellington Harbour Board, Appendix 1". Wellington Harbour. Wellington Maritime Museum Trust. p. 475. ISBN 0958349800. 
  2. ^ "To The Editor". The Evening Post. LXII (80). 1 October 1901. p. 6. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast. 
  3. ^ "Death of Captain Henry Rose". The Evening Post. LXXXIV (105). 30 October 1912. p. 8. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast. 
  4. ^ "Death of Mr. William Booth". The Evening Post. LXV (73). 27 March 1903. p. 5. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast. 
  5. ^ "The Late Mr. John H. Cock". The Evening Post. XLIV (111). 8 November 1892. p. 2. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast. 
  6. ^ "Personal Matters". The Evening Post. LXXVIII (105). 30 October 1909. p. 5. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast. 
  7. ^ "Death of Mr. T. J. W. Gale". The Evening Post. LXV (136). 10 June 1903. p. 6. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast. 
  8. ^ "Personal Matters". The Evening Post. LXXXII (32). 7 August 1911. p. 6. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast. 
  9. ^ "Obituary: Mr. John Hutcheson". The Evening Post. CXXX (84). 5 October 1940. p. 13. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast. 
  10. ^ "Death of Mr. Nicholas Reid". The Evening Post. XC (142). 13 December 1915. p. 2. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast. 
  11. ^ "Obituary: Mr. William Cable". The Evening Post. CIV (8). 10 July 1922. p. 6. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast. 
  12. ^ "Personal Matters". The Evening Post. LXXXVIII (95). 19 October 1914. p. 6. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast. 
  13. ^ "Mr. C. E. Daniell". The Evening Post. CXXVIII (10). 12 July 1939. p. 8. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast. 
  14. ^ "Obituary: Mr. Maurice Cohen". The Evening Post. CXVIII (9). 11 July 1934. p. 13. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast. 
  15. ^ "The Hon. J. G. Cobbe". The Evening Post. CXXXVIII (156). 30 December 1944. p. 8. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast. 
  16. ^ "Obituary: Mr. J. W. McEwan". The Evening Post. CXXXIV (73). 22 September 1942. p. 3. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast. 
  17. ^ "Obituary: Mr. C. M. Turrell". The Evening Post. CXXXVII (84). 10 April 1944. p. 3. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast. 
  18. ^ "Obituary: Mr. D. J. McGowan". The Evening Post. CXXX (25). 29 July 1940. p. 9. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast.