Family concert to help cause
Residents are showing support for a campaign to stop a 160-berth marina being built at Matiatia by wearing a new line of T-shirts.
The iconic Matiatia motif used on them was originally designed by artist Denis O'Connor in 2002.
At the time, there was community uproar because Waitemata Infrastructure Ltd had bought the land and buildings near Matiatia wharf with plans to reclassify the area so it could be developed.
The land was finally sold on to Auckland City Council in 2005 under the watch of mayor Dick Hubbard. It remains in council ownership today. Mr O'Connor has reworked the Matiatia image and incorporated a Let It Be message at the bottom.
The artwork has also been signed by him and the original will be auctioned at a fundraising concert called the Twilight Family Variety Concert on January 11. The T-shirts have been made by Megan Clark of Teebag Apparel and Design on Belgium St.
They are on sale in three different colours and several men's and women's sizes for $45 at Shop the Rock, Oneroa, Out There Surf and Skate in Ostend, and at the Ostend market.
Direction Matiatia is the organisation that will be fighting the marina application in the Environment Court next year.
Organisation fundraiser John Hawkesby says the variety concert at Pie Melon Bay will be a feel-good, fun, family event at Waiheke's most beautiful location.
Meanwhile, he is urging people to buy a T-shirt.
"Dedicated followers of fashion, especially with an eye for contemporary wearable art, will want one of these.
"And you will also be making a significant contribution to preserve our beautiful gateway at Matiatia."
The Twilight Family Variety Concert is at Pie Melon Bay from 5pm to 8pm on January 11.
It will be a festival style event with live music and food, coffee and wine on sale.
Tickets are available at Shop the Rock in Oneroa or Island Coffee Roastery behind True Blue in Ostend.
They cost $25 for adults, with school aged children free if accompanied by an adult. VIP tickets are $125.