Great Barrier Gets Eco Terminal


Auckland Transport opens a new $1m airport terminal at Claris, Great Barrier Island on Tuesday - and as you would suspect, it’s an eco-friendly airport running on sustainable, renewable energy.

A major feature of the new building is sustainable building materials and design. It utilises green technology such as natural ventilation, solar panels, on-site water treatment units, maximises natural lighting and where possible locally sourced resources and materials were used. Artwork and a carved pou whenua standing at the terminal’s entrance were commissioned from local artists.

The new airport terminal’s electrical energy requirements will be primarily provided through an array of photovoltaic solar panels mounted on the roof. The terminal is also provided with an efficient solar heated hot water system, also mounted on its rooftop. Great Barrier Island has no reticulated electricity or fresh water. Solar panels and wind generators provide most of the island’s residential dwellings with their electrical energy requirements.

Calling the new terminal a crucial transport asset Paul Downie, chairperson of the local board, says Great Barrier Island has the potential to be showcased as New Zealand’s alternative energy capital.

Hauraki Gulf islands appreciate better contact with the mainland

Emergency situations on the remote island have been considered in the design with enhanced access facilities for emergency services and improved facilities for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter.

Work on the terminal began in early July and was completed a month ahead of schedule and to budget.





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