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Dunedin City Council parks and recreation acting group manager Tom Dyer said demolition work on the wharf was put off yesterday and contractors hoped to start today.
"High winds prevented the barge, which is needed as a base for the removal operation, from being installed alongside the wharf.
"The barge has been towed to Port Chalmers."
The wharf was in a dangerous condition and must be partially removed for public health and safety reasons, he said.
The piles in a "safe condition" would remain and all salvageable material would be stored by the council until required for the wharf restoration.
Aramoana Pilot Wharf Restoration Charitable Trust member Tracey Densem said the trust wanted to work with the demolition crew so new piles could be installed when any old piles were removed, to make the restoration process easier and cheaper rather than starting from scratch.
"It’s been a long battle but the trust is committed to the goal of seeing it fully restored for future generations."