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1500 strong crowd at concert

GEORGE GARDNER
Last updated 14:57 13/01/2014
Frankie Stevens
GEORGE GARDNER
LOVE MATIATIA: Frankie Stevens gets the crowd giong at the Matiatia – Let It Be concert at Pie Melon Bay on Saturday. The event was in aid of the fighting fund against the proposal for a 160-berth marina at Waiheke Island's gateway.

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Frankie Stevens is against a marina being built at Waiheke Island's gateway Matiatia - and so are at least 1500 concert-goers.

The veteran performer headlined a concert organised by former broadcaster John Hawkesby and impresario Alan Smythe at Pie Melon Bay, the farm of Mainfreight founder Bruce Plested.

Frankie was among 20 other acts who sang for free at the Let It Be event on Saturday to raise funds for Direction Matiatia.

The organisation is helping islanders fight a consent application from Waiheke Marinas, referred by Auckland councillors to the Environment Court, for a 160-berth marina at Matiatia.

''Thank you for being part of something that is very important for Waiheke,'' Frankie told the crowd.

Mr Smythe says the success of the event gives him a clear idea of what Waiheke thinks of the marina proposal.

Mr Hawkesby says you could really feel the love.

''People were so supportive. We had a number of pro-marina people come as well.

''One even bought a Matiatia - Let It Be shirt and was wearing it. I said: 'You are either confused or have had too much wine'.''

The event raised more than $30,000 for the fighting fund.

Waiheke Marinas Ltd director Graham Guthrie is not backing down.

He has a list of 250 people who want a berth at the proposed marina.

''This issue has caused neighbours, who have been friends for years, to stop talking.

''I'm hoping for a rational debate in the Environment Court. It's the only place we will get it.''

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