Commissioners approved Kennedy Point Boatharbour Ltd (Tony Mair)’s 186-berth floating marina at Kennedy Point in Putiki Bay, Waiheke Island, yesterday after a hearing in early April.
The marina will be located west of the existing SeaLink car ferry terminal at Kennedy Point and will be accessible from Donald Bruce Rd, to the south of the breakwater. The marina will include:
- about 186 berths, up to 19 pile moorings & 30 public day berths
- 2 Swedish-designed floating breakwaters to protect the berths, floating pontoons piers & wharf
- marina office, storage for kayaks & stand-up paddleboards, visitor facilities, café/public space, meeting room and a carpark with up to 72 spaces.
The 5-member hearings panel, chaired by Greg Hill, found the marina proposal was overall consistent with all relevant statutory policy provisions and that its adverse environmental effects were fully addressed and either minor or appropriately avoided, remedied or mitigated.
Developer Tony Mair said: “The hearing heard from people both in support and in opposition to the marina. But I believe the decision we made earlier this year to change the design from rock breakwaters to floating attenuators helped to reduce any concerns of environmental impact at the site.
“In my 35 years of marina development, I have never seen a more appropriate site. The water is deep, avoiding the need for dredging, and the coastline is already modified. The design is also unique – like Waiheke – with all structures, including the carpark, marina office, community building, breakwaters & marina fingers floating. These structures, to be manufactured by world-renowned company SF Marinas in Sweden, will all be towed into place, mitigating a lot of construction noise & onshore disturbance.”
Mr Mair expects construction to take 18 months.
26 May 2016: Mair unveils designs for Kennedy Pt marina on Waiheke
Attribution: Company release.