Matiatia: Let it be, with more parking
Survey results show most Waiheke residents want more parking at Matiatia, but also want the natural environment protected.
Direction Matiatia has released results from a survey conducted in June and July on people's views about what should happen on Auckland Council owned land at Matiatia.
More than 800 residents and holiday home owners and a small number of visitors responded to the survey, acting Direction Matiatia chairperson David Smith said.
About 63 per cent want car parking increased, but 27 per cent said it should stay the same and almost 10 per cent thought parking should be reduced.
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Overwhelming support was shown for protecting the natural environment and ecology of Matiatia, with 94 per cent saying it was moderately to extremely important.
Almost 88 per cent said Matiatia should have green space, especially around the foreshore.
Support for developments in the bay was less widespread, with 87 per cent disagreeing with residential buildings and 82 per cent opposing visitor accommodation going up in the bay.
Almost three quarters of those surveyed were against an events centre, while 12 per cent supported the idea.
About half those surveyed opposed commercial space, such as shops or cafes in the bay, while a third supported these developments.
Support for a visitor centre was strong at 71 per cent, but only 31 per cent supported a cultural centre at Matiatia.
Almost 85 per cent wanted better pedestrian and transport facilities in the keyhole, in front of the ferry terminal.
The idea of a ferry terminal upgrade drew a mixed response, with 37 per cent in support, 41 per cent neutral and 22 per cent opposed.
Just over 73 per cent were interested in more transport options, such as park and ride from Owhanake car park or better public transport.
Comments made by more than 500 people covered 70 pages and will be analysed over the next few weeks, Smith said.
Almost 86 per cent knew that parts of the council-owned land at Matiatia are wahi tapu, or sacred, to Ngati Paoa and other iwi.
Ngati Paoa is working on a cultural values assessment that will be included in the draft long plan for Matiatia that is being prepared by Direction Matiatia.
The survey has cost $3,183 so far and was funded by the Waiheke Local Board.