One­hunga wake­board park here to stay

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - TOM CARNEGIE

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 neigh­ 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.

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