The project is being run by the Governors Bay Jetty Restoration Trust.
In March, the council granted the trust a loan of $1.5 million, in addition to a $935,000 grant, which allowed them to sign the construction contracts.
Sam Callander, the council's community funding team leader, directed the council not to accept this initial loan.
“The application didn’t meet the requirements of the loan scheme, namely to be able to provide sufficient security for the loan and the likelihood of repayment.”
Despite this advice from Callander, councillors unanimously agreed on the loan.
Last week, the trust went back to the council asking for a $815,000 capital grant, stating they would like them to pay for half of the build.
In the meeting, secretary of the trust Louisa Eades, likened the Governors Bay jetty rebuild to the New Brighton Pier rebuild.
“After 30 years of lobbying and fundraising the Pier and Foreshore Society raised almost $2 million, which was matched by $2 million from Christchurch City Council.”
Eades says the Governors Bay Jetty Restoration Trust has been lobbying and fundraising for over seven years, and they have raised $920,000 to date.
Since the council paid for half of the New Brighton pier restoration, Eades says they should pay for half of the jetty - especially since the water is accessible from the jetty, unlike the pier.