YES – rebuild the wall in timber Starting in the coming year (2021/22), we will rebuild the wall in timber to improve protection of the road, three waters infrastructure, and the beach environment. This includes improving access to the beach for all users and incorporating an art and cultural thread in the design. THE WHY: Since consultation was undertaken with the community for the 2018–38 Long-term Plan about the Paekākāriki seawall and a plan developed, costs and conditions have changed and the previously agreed plan is now unaffordable. 70.9 percent of respondents to this question said they would like the seawall to be replaced with a timber wall, and Councillors agreed. As far as possible we will work to ensure we retain the core elements of the concrete design option worked on with the Paekākāriki Seawall Design Group and the Community Board in consultation with the Paekākāriki community. The timber wall will cost $17.1 million and will be built in stages over the next five years. The staged approach better suits local contracting companies and will enable us to plan construction for when the weather is more reliable. The wall’s estimated life will be 25 years.