Otago Dock Act 1883

Local Act1883 No 23
Date of assent8 September 1883

An Act to vest in the Otago Harbour Board certain Lands and Buildings, and to enable the said Board to construct a Dock at Port Chalmers.

BE IT ENACTED by the General Assembly of New Zealand in Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Short Title
  • The Short Title of this Act is The Otago Dock Act 1883.

2 Repeal
  • The Port Chalmers Dock Trust Act 1881, is hereby repealed.

3 Land for site and endowment for dock
  • The several pieces of land described in the Schedules to this Act, and the dock and buildings heretofore constructed and erected thereon, are hereby vested in the Otago Harbour Board (hereinafter called the said Board) and their successors, to be held by them as a site and endowment for a graving-dock.

4 Otago Harbour Board to construct a dock
  • The said Board shall, as soon as conveniently may be after the passing of this Act, construct, on a site to be chosen by them on the said land, a graving-dock of sufficient dimensions at least to admit vessels drawing twenty-five feet of water.

5 Authority to borrow $200,000
  • In order to raise money for the construction of the said dock, it shall be lawful for the said Board and they are hereby authorized to raise and borrow from time to time, in addition to all other money heretofore borrowed and raised, or authorized to be borrowed and raised by the said Board, a sum or sums of money not exceeding in the whole two hundred thousand dollars.

    The words two hundred thousand dollars were substituted, as from 10 July 1967, for the words one hundred thousand pounds pursuant to section 7(1) Decimal Currency Act 1964 (1964 No 27). See the Otago Dock Act Amendment Act 1895 (1895 No 8(L)) which authorised the Otago Dock Trust to borrow moneys from the Bank by way of overdraft and to make other provisions in relation to the said trust. The Otago Dock Trust, constituted under the Otago Dock Act 1883 Amendment Act 1885 (1885 No 17(L)), was declared, as from 5 November 1898, to be a leasing authority within the meaning of the Public Bodies Powers Act 1887 by section 41 Reserves, Endowments, and Crown and Native Lands Exchange, Sale, Disposal, and Enabling Act 1898 (1898 No 39). See the Port Chalmers Corporation Empowering Act 1903 (1903 No 24(L)) which enabled the Corporation of the Borough of Port Chalmers to guarantee an annual sum towards the interest on the cost of the construction of a graving-dock at Port Chalmers.

6 Application of money borrowed and rents, &c
  • [Repealed]

    Sections 6 and 7 were repealed, as from the date of the Merger of the Otago Dock Trust in the Otago Harbour Board, by section 19(2) Otago Dock Trust Merger Act 1908 (1908 No 34(L)). Section 19(2) states that they were repealed as far as the same applies to the rents, issues, and profits mention in section 6. The Otago Dock Trust Merger Act 1908 was assented to as from 10 October 1908. See Gazette 1910, p 1527 as to the Merger of the Otago Dock Trust in the Otago Harbour Board on 21 May 1910.

7 Moneys received to be paid to separate account
  • [Repealed]

    Sections 6 and 7 were repealed, as from 21 May 1910, by section 19(2) Otago Dock Trust Merger Act 1908 (1908 No 34(L)). Section 19(2) states that they were repealed as far as the same applies to the rents, issues, and profits mention in section 6. See Gazette 1910, p 1527 as to the Merger of the Otago Dock Trust in the Otago Harbour Board on 21 May 1910.

8 Act to be deemed a special Act
  • This Act shall be deemed a special Act within the meaning of section 188 of The Harbours Act 1878, and all works which may be done under this Act on any of the pieces of the land described in the Schedules hereto shall be subject to the provisions of The Harbours Act 1878.


Schedule 1

ALL that parcel of land in the Provincial District of Otago, in the Colony of New Zealand, partly situate below high-water mark, in the Harbour of Port Chalmers, containing by admeasurement 17 acres. Bounded towards the North-east by a line, 750 links; towards the South-east by a line, 1800 links; again towards the North-east by a line, 480 links; again towards the South-east by the George Street Pier to Beach Street, Port Chalmers; towards the South-west by that street, which is 100 links wide; and towards the North-west and South-west by the Beach Road and high-water mark, about 4100 links: together with the dock now erected thereon, and all buildings and erections of every kind connected therewith, and all fittings, chattels, and appliances used for the purposes of the said dock, and now being the property of Her Majesty.

Schedule 2

ALL that parcel of land in the Provincial District of Otago, in the Colony of New Zealand, containing by admeasurement 4 acres and 33 poles, situated in the Lower Harbour West District, being Section numbered 51, Block I, on the map of the said district. Bounded towards the South-west by the Lower Harbour of Otago, 1060 links; towards the North-west by Section numbered 2,430 links; towards the North-east by the Lower Harbour of Otago, 1044 links; and towards the South-east by the Lower Harbour of Otago 379 links: as originally granted to the Superintendent of the Province of Otago and his successors, by grant bearing date the 9th May, 1866, in trust for a patent slip.

Schedule 3

ALL that parcel of land in the Provincial District of Otago, in the Colony of New Zealand, situate in the Lower Harbour West District, being Section numbered 52, Block I, on the map of the said district, containing by admeasurement 20 acres 2 roods. Bounded towards the North-north-west by the Lower Harbour, 1500 links; towards the South-east by the Lower Harbour, 2500 links; towards the South-west by the Lower Harbour, 1600 links; and towards the West by Section numbered 4, 2300 links: originally granted to the Superintendent of the Province of Otago and his successors by grant bearing date 11th August, 1869, in trust as a site for a jetty.

Be all the above areas and linkages either more or less, and the several parcels of land being more particularly delineated in red, and numbered respectively A, B, and C, upon the plan marked MD 826, deposited in the office of the Marine Department, at Wellington, in the Provincial District of Wellington.

Schedule 4

THE sites adjoining the railway wharf at Port Chalmers, marked respectively numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4, and coloured green; more particularly delineated on the plan marked MD 826, deposited in the office of the Marine Department, at Wellington, in the Provincial District of Wellington.