'No' to marina from council

DIANA WORTHY
Last updated 05:00 04/12/2013

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A marina at Matiatia will not help the wellbeing of islanders or provide for future needs, according to Auckland Council officers.

They are recommending to the Environment Court that resource consent should be declined for a 160-berth marina proposed by Waiheke Marinas Limited's Graham Guthrie.

The report, released on Friday last week, was written by Auckland Council senior planner Nicole Bremner and approved by planning team leader Antony Yates.

In conclusion, the report says putting a marina in such a strategic transport location will "constrain, and potentially preclude, options for future wharf-related operations and expansion to meet the growth needs of the wide community".

"The proposal does not contribute to the social, economic and cultural wellbeing of people and their community, nor does it provide for future needs."

It means the proposal cannot be seen to meet outcomes under the law and the report recommends consent is declined.

Christine Gisby is chairwoman of organisation Direction Waiheke, which is fighting the proposed marina at Matiatia, and she is delighted with the recommendation.

"We take the reference to the transport location as meaning Fullers would have a monopoly because there would be no room for anything else to go on if the marina is there.

"It's the most fantastic summing up, it's just absolutely brilliant. But it's a recommendation. It's up to the applicant and Waiheke community to put their cases to the judge."

Now she is urging as many people as possible to object to Waiheke Marina's resource consent application which is being heard by the Environment Court. It can be done by registering as section 247 parties and two workshops are being held at Ostend Hall to take people through the process.

The first is on December 7 at 4.30pm and the second is on December 11 at 7pm. Call Christine Gisby on 372 9212.

Although submissions are not due until January 22, Ms Gisby says the sooner people get them done the better.

"Do the workshops, get them in, have a nice Christmas," she says.

TWILIGHT FAMILY CONCERT

A fundraiser is being organised by John Hawkesby to raise more money for the fight against the marina application in the Environment Court.

The Twilight Family Concert is on January 11 at Bruce Plested's property – 77 Waiheke Rd, Pie Melon Bay – between 5 and 8pm. 

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