Last Chance Environment Court and Sun Kissed Picnic Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 12:04 pm

Court Appeal Last Chance for Waiheke Community Group to Save Island’s Treasured Environment and Culture From Destructive Marina Development

Kennedy Point, which forms part of Putiki Bay on Waiheke Island, is a beautiful quiet bay surrounded by pohutukawa trees, with clean sea water and oysters that have historically been collected by local iwi and island residents. There’s a breakwater used for fishing, and a friendly beach frequented by families and visitors keen to swim in waters that are also home to the little blue penguin. Although close to the island’s only car ferry, that construction seems far apart from the peaceful beach and giant old tree with its roots trailing into the water of the bay. It is quintessentially, quietly Waiheke, with a cultural and historical significance, and where many generations of families have come to gather food and to enjoy.

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It is with great sadness that we e-mail you. Kennedy Point Boatharbour Ltd’s application to build a marina has been approved by the Council’s commissioners.

SKP feels that this design is out of character with the rest of Waiheke. It also represents the beginning of gentrification for the island.
After obtaining legal advice, the group have decided to appeal to the Environment Court. Watch this space.

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May 31, 2018

It’s been a huge task for the small Waiheke community, local New Zealand and international supporters to take on big business and local authorities, raising over NZ$250,000 to fight the Auckland City Council’s decision to approve a privately owned marina development at Kennedy Point in the historically and culturally significant Putiki Bay.

Locals from Waiheke and visitors to the increasingly popular tourist destination have consistently shown their concern as to what they believe will be an unsightly, unsustainable short termist style development on an island that suffers already from environmental degradation.

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