Wellington Harbour Board

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, and 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.

Wellington Harbour Board
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Coat of arms of the Wellington Harbour Board
AbbreviationWHB
FormationJanuary 1, 1880; 142 years ago (1880-01-01)
DissolvedOctober 31, 1989; 32 years ago (1989-10-31)
PurposePort operator
HeadquartersWellington, New Zealand
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.

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.

EstablishmentEdit

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 coastlineEdit

 
An animation showing the phases of reclamation by year in Wellington Harbour.
 
Lambton Harbour.
 
The Container Terminal.
 
Reclamation for future expansion.
 
Kupe, Ngahue and Toia. 2007

Chairmen of Wellington Harbour BoardEdit

The following is a complete list of Chairmen of Wellington Harbour Board.[1]

No. Chairman
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Term of office Constituency
1 William Levin
(1845–1893)
  1880 1881 Governor[2]
2 William Valentine Jackson
(1832–1900)
  1881 1883 Wellington
3 Edward Pearce
(1832–1922)
  1883 1887 Governor
4 John Duthie
(1841–1915)
  1887 1888 Wellington
5 Henry Rose
(1833–1912)
  1888 1891 Shipowners[3]
6 William Booth
(1837–1903)
  1891 1892 Wairarapa[4]
7 John Honeycombe Cock
(1848–1892)
  1892 1893 Chamber of Commerce[5]
8 John Jack
(1827–1909)
  1893 1895 Wellington[6]
9 Thomas John William Gale
(1853–1903)
  1895 1897 Chamber of Commerce[7]
10 Francis Humphris Fraser
(1833–1911)
  1897 1899 Governor[8]
11 John Hutcheson
(1854–1940)
  1899 1900 Government[9]
12 Harold Beauchamp
(1858–1938)
  1900 1903 Wellington
13 Nicholas Reid
(1837–1915)
  1903 1904 Shipowners[10]
14 William Cable
(1848–1922)
  1904 1906 Wellington[11]
15 Kennedy Macdonald
(1847–1914)
  1906 1908 Governor[12]
16 Thomas Wilford
(1870–1939)
  1908 1910 Governor
17 Robert Fletcher
(1863–1918)
  1910 1915 Wellington
18 Charles Edward Daniell
(1856–1939)
  1915 1919 Wellington[13]
19 Joseph Harkness
(1850–1930)
  1919 1923 Governor
20 George Mitchell
(1877–1939)
  1923 1925 Wellington
21 Maurice Cohen
(1862–1934)
  1925 1927 Manawatu[14]
22 John Cobbe
(1859–1944)
  1927 1929 Manawatu[15]
23 John William McEwan
(1856–1942)
  1929 1931 Hutt[16]
24 Charles Norwood
(1871–1966)
  1931 1933 Wellington
25 Charles Murray Turrell
(1868–1944)
  1933 1934 Shipowners
26 Thomas Robert Barrer
(1863–1951)
  1934 1936 Wairarapa[17]
27 Dougall John McGowan
(1880–1940)
  1936 1939 Payers of Dues[18]
28 Meldrum Alfred Eliott
(1867–1946)
  1939 1940 Manawatu
29 William Lockhart Fitzherbert
(1877–1956)
  1940 1941 Manawatu
30 William Henry Price
(1872–1963)
  1941 1954 Shipowners
31 Sir Will Appleton
(1889–1958)
  1954 1957 Wellington
32 Brian Edwin Keiller
(1901–1977)
  1957 1961 Manawatu
33 Ernest Toop
(1895–1976)
  1961 1966 Wellington
34 Barton Albert Barton-Ginger
(1892–1969)
  1966 1968 Mākara
35 Eric Malcolm Hodder
(1897–1987)
  1968 1971 Wairarapa
36 Rolland O'Regan
(1904–1992)
  1971 1974 Wellington
37 Henry Alan James
(1924–2001)
  1974 1980 Wairarapa
38 John King
(1917–2012)
  1980 1986 Feilding
39 Nigel Gould
(1948–)
  1986 1989 Lower Hutt

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. Vol. LXII, no. 80. 1 October 1901. p. 6. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast.
  3. ^ "Death of Captain Henry Rose". The Evening Post. Vol. LXXXIV, no. 105. 30 October 1912. p. 8. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast.
  4. ^ "Death of Mr. William Booth". The Evening Post. Vol. LXV, no. 73. 27 March 1903. p. 5. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast.
  5. ^ "The Late Mr. John H. Cock". The Evening Post. Vol. XLIV, no. 111. 8 November 1892. p. 2. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast.
  6. ^ "Personal Matters". The Evening Post. Vol. LXXVIII, no. 105. 30 October 1909. p. 5. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast.
  7. ^ "Death of Mr. T. J. W. Gale". The Evening Post. Vol. LXV, no. 136. 10 June 1903. p. 6. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast.
  8. ^ "Personal Matters". The Evening Post. Vol. LXXXII, no. 32. 7 August 1911. p. 6. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast.
  9. ^ "Obituary: Mr. John Hutcheson". The Evening Post. Vol. CXXX, no. 84. 5 October 1940. p. 13. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast.
  10. ^ "Death of Mr. Nicholas Reid". The Evening Post. Vol. XC, no. 142. 13 December 1915. p. 2. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast.
  11. ^ "Obituary: Mr. William Cable". The Evening Post. Vol. CIV, no. 8. 10 July 1922. p. 6. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast.
  12. ^ "Personal Matters". The Evening Post. Vol. LXXXVIII, no. 95. 19 October 1914. p. 6. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast.
  13. ^ "Mr. C. E. Daniell". The Evening Post. Vol. CXXVIII, no. 10. 12 July 1939. p. 8. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast.
  14. ^ "Obituary: Mr. Maurice Cohen". The Evening Post. Vol. CXVIII, no. 9. 11 July 1934. p. 13. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast.
  15. ^ "The Hon. J. G. Cobbe". The Evening Post. Vol. CXXXVIII, no. 156. 30 December 1944. p. 8. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast.
  16. ^ "Obituary: Mr. J. W. McEwan". The Evening Post. Vol. CXXXIV, no. 73. 22 September 1942. p. 3. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast.
  17. ^ "Obituary: Mr. C. M. Turrell". The Evening Post. Vol. CXXXVII, no. 84. 10 April 1944. p. 3. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast.
  18. ^ "Obituary: Mr. D. J. McGowan". The Evening Post. Vol. CXXX, no. 25. 29 July 1940. p. 9. Retrieved 14 September 2016 – via PapersPast.

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