Takapuna camp gets online support

MARNIE HALLAHAN
Last updated 05:00 18/09/2012
Chris Darby
MARNIE HALLAHAN/ Fairfax NZ

SUBMISSIONS ARE IN: Devonport-Takapuna local board chairman Chris Darby will sit on the hearing panel that decides the fate of the Takapuna Beach Holiday Park.

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An online battle is brewing over the future of the Takapuna Beach Holiday Park. 

Since plans were announced earlier this year for a national ocean watersports centre to replace the holiday park, two opposing groups have formed.

So far the public seem to be backing the holiday park. The Save Takapuna Beach Holiday Park Facebook page has 4000 likes, compared to the National Ocean Watersports Centre page which has 480.

Auckland Council has received more than 1000 submissions on the draft Takapuna Beach Reserve Management Plan which outlines the plan to close the holiday park.

Submissions are yet to be processed but local board chairman Chris Darby said it was not a game of numbers.

''We look at the quality of the submissions and the evidence within them,'' he said. 

''However if the same messages are repeated, that's when they're re-evaluated."

Yachting NZ chairman David Abercrombie said he was confident the centre would get the green light.

''Having been intimately involved in talking to a large number of North Shore people in the last month I have been delighted with the positive feedback we have got,'' he said.

Save Takapuna Beach Holiday Park page creator Dave Booth disagreed saying if you loked at public opinion on Facebook and letters to local newspapers it's clear that, despite support for the watersports centre, people don't want it on the campground site.

''But I do get a sense that it's a fait accompli, so it will be very interesting to see the council's decision," Booth said.

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