Waiheke Island marina takes step forward

GILL ALCOCK
Last updated 05:00 27/02/2013
Fuller quick cat at Matiatia
MARINA PROPOSAL: Ferry passengers from Auckland come in to dock at Matiatia wharf.

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The bid to create a marina at Waiheke Island's Matiatia is a step closer after a year's hiatus.

Investigations into a revised design are now complete and have been drawn up by a new company.

The resource consent application for the 2011 design was withdrawn in response to concerns about the ferry wake and wind-driven waves affecting the marina.

Navigation and safety issues surrounding ferry and recreational craft movements near the marina were also of concern.

The main changes to the new design include two rock breakwaters, project co-ordinator Graham Guthrie said.

"These will mitigate the effects of ferry wakes and wind waves on berthed vessels."

The marina entrance has also been moved to the north, away from the main ferry channel.

The revised design contains the same number of berths - 160 - although the mix has been changed to accommodate some longer, deeper and wider vessels in line with boating trends and registrations of interest. 

The parking layout will still have 55 spaces but has been altered to fit an electricity transformer and refuse and recycling facilities.  

Guthrie said existing mooring holders in the bay will have first dibs on the 17 proposed pile moorings, an increase from seven in the previous application.

He said all material for the rock breakwaters will be brought by barge from Thames. And the breakwaters will contain small holes to encourage the area's population of small blue penguins to nest.

The primary breakwater will be built in two stages, with a period of 12 to 18 months allowed for consolidation of the first stage. 

The total marina construction period is expected to be 20 to 26 months. 

Guthrie said the new resource consent application would be submitted to the Auckland Council within the next week. 
A 21-day period will follow for public submissions.

''Once we get the go-ahead, we have to prepare a legal prospectus to all the 250 people wanting a berth.''

The cost of the project will be covered by the costs of purchasing a berth. 

They are expected to cost between $50,000 and $200,000.

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