Onehunga wakeboard park here to stay
Auckland’s first ever wakeboarding park has been granted a five year license to operate in a popular central-city lagoon.
A two way cable park was installed in Onehunga lagoon in March under a temporary 40-day operational period.
In September the trial period ended and the cable park has sit idle while its owners, Rixen Cableways NZ, applied for a long term license.
On December 14 a reserves hearing panel, consisting of an independent commissioner and members of the MaungakiekieTamaki Local Board, granted a five year license to Rixen.
Kerry Martin, co-owner of Rixen, said it was ‘‘awesome’’ that the hearings panel had voted in favour of the wakeboard park.
Martin said more than 600 people submitted on the cable park during the consultation process.
‘‘93 per cent were in favour of the park being granted the five year license, ‘‘ Martin said.
Onehunga lagoon is a popular off-leash dog park for the local community.
Some residents had expressed concern on the website neighbourly.co.nz that the cablepark would change the offleash status.
Martin said the cablepark would not affect dog regulations in the park.
‘‘We put it down in writing and it has been included in the license to make it clear, we would never play a role in any application to change the status of dog in the park,’’ Martin said.
Martin said the five year lease means Rixen can now start planning future programmes and events.
‘‘We are going to have Royal Oak Primary School running a programme down here where they learn how to wakeboard as well as water safety.’’
‘‘We will also be part of the beach waterfest, Onehunga Day and will hold the national champs again,’’ Martin said.
Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board chair Josephine Bartley said she was please the license had been approved.
‘‘It fits in well with the aim to create more activities for our community to enjoy, as participants or spectators,’’ Bartley said.
Bartley said the conditions for the license will likely be released prior to Christmas.
The 2016 wakeboard nationals were held in Onehunga lagoon earlier this year.