There are many reasons why the Kennedy Point marina should not proceed in its current form. Here are just some of them.
of interest in berths is from locals.
the area taken up by the marina has the same footprint as 22 Countdown Supermarkets
the two buildings that will be floating have the same footprint as six houses
State of Our Gulf highlights that "the total annual input from Auckland Marinas was estimated to be approximately double the copper input from the entire Waitemata storm water catchments".
The toxins used in the anti-fouling paints (to keep the boat's bottom clean) leaches into the water and enters the food-chain.
the Sealink Ferries will be restricted to a slower speed when passing the marina, adding to your travel time
43% percent of the berth owners are neither permanent residents or holiday home owners.
The Little Blue Penguins that nest in the bay do not relocate. Their lives are at risk.
Most of the marine life in marinas are invasive pests.
Public access to marinas is often restricted after completion “due to health and safety risks” despite these being conditions of consent.
The construction is scheduled to last 18 months.
Some of the vessels will be up to 25 meters in length. Most buses are only 12 meters long.
The community building is a commercial cafe by day and only available FOR HIRE for community use after 4pm until 10pm
Significant visual intrusion
Replacement of natural shapes and forms with hard lines and edges
Disruption of natural coastal patterns and processes
Domestication of the natural coastal landscape
Impact on the Little Blue Penguin colony that is known to inhabit the existing rock breakwater
Direct loss of coastal habitat
Disruption of sensitive and/or ecologically productive ecosystems and transition zones
Damage to habitats of birds and intertidal fish and animals.
Reduction in natural flushing, potentially leading to eutrophication
Shading of areas of water resulting in the longer term loss of marine plants
Removal of all marine life from parts of the seabed
Permanent loss of slow growing, sensitive species which are unable to recover
Release of sediment into seawater which reduces light penetration, disrupts juvenile species and filter feeders, and smothers benthic communities over a wide area
Release of organic-rich sediments into seawater which can exacerbate algal blooms
Release of metals, chemicals, dioxins, organochlorines and PCBs into the marine environment which can impact on the health and viability of marine species (such as where dredging of contaminated sediments is undertaken)
Disruption of wave energy, currents and tidal flows
Alteration of sediment transport regimes causing coastal erosion or sediment accumulation
Alteration of seabed bathymetry
Alteration of particle sizes entering the marine environment, making an area more muddy than previously, and therefore changing the habitat
Discharge of sediment or pollutant-laden water which can cause sedimentation and contamination of the wider marine environment
Increased levels of rubbish, oil and antifoul paints entering the water, through increased use of an area
Damage to the integrity of archaeological sites, wāhi tapu and other sites of historical significance
Restriction or exclusion of public access to parts of the coastal environment
Loss of amenity through increased noise, light and traffic
As every ferry, now and in the future, will have to reduce their current speed as they pass the marina as a direct result of the floating attenuators.
The occupation by a private marina of space that may be required for future expansion of wharf and ferry services.
Almost half of marina berths will be owned by people who are not part of the community as they neither live here permanently or own a holiday home.
Only 26% of marina berths (42 of them) will be owned by local permanent residents
31% by people with holiday homes many of which visit for brief periods of time over summer holidays
43% do not live here or have any connection with the Island.