Demolition of Wilson’s Jetty

Wilsons Beach without jetty, 13 Oct 2021.

History of Wilson's Beach at Waitaramoa Hobson Bay.

Historical images of Wilson's Beach at Waitaramoa Hobson Bay.

Wilsons Beach without jetty, 13 Oct 2021.

Wilsons Beach without jetty, 13 Oct 2021.

Memorial plaque at Wilsons Beach.

The Wilson’s Jetty was removed last week by Auckland Council, against the wishes of local residents. Another example of demolition by neglect.

Auckland Council had not been able to find the funds to maintain Wilson’s Jetty at Tinana Wilson’s Beach despite many requests by local residents, especially Bruce Renshaw, whose ancestor Captain Tilly probably initiated its construction in the early 1900s. However, the council found the funds to demolish it – demolition by neglect. The extension of the Hobson Bay walkway has now probably been discarded also.

Remuera Heritage had researched the history of Wilson’s Jetty but even this did not persuade Auckland Council to maintain or replace it. It has been part of our social history for over 100 years. It was a popular spot for watersports and recreation, with the highly-attended ‘Hobson’s Bay (‘Remuera’) Regatta’ being held in the mid-1880s. However, in preparation of the demolition of the main sewer line, the northern portion of the jetty together with the access ramp that extended up and over the sewer, had been removed by 2010-2011. It is this shortened version of the jetty that existed up until last week.

You can read about its history here.

The following message was received from Auckland Council read it here and here.

The jetty was demolished during the week of 4 – 12 October 2021. Attached are photos showing Wilson’s Beach now.