Preliminary geological report on the Hicks Bay harbour development project

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Hancox, G.T. 1976 Preliminary geological report on the Hicks Bay harbour development project. Lower Hutt: New Zealand Geological Survey. New Zealand Geological Survey report EG 259 23 p.

Abstract: To provide for a growing forestry industry in the East Cape area during the 1980's, a study is currently being undertaken to assess thee feasibility of establishing a deep-water port at Hicks Bay. The lack of a suitable natural harbour in this area means that to protect the harbour a large artificial breakwater will be needed and a considerable area of land will need to be reclaimed for the quay and to provide an adequate ''back-up storage area''. Both will require large quantities of materials suitable for general filling, rip-rap and armouring purposes. The location of the proposed development is shown on Figs 1 and 2. This report has been prepared at the request of the Ministry of Works and Development, the main objective being to outline the geology of the Hicks Bay area, and to comment on the engineering properties of the main rock types and the availability of construction materials required for the project. (auth)