Aggrieved feelings on both sides
Inside The Story is a new feature where reporters will discuss a recently published article, providing their own views, the difficulties they’ve faced or how the story came together. First up, KRIS DANDO reviews and wades in on the controversial cable-ski
The subject of whether a wakeboard operation should be sited at Aotea Lagoon is an issue that has polarised Porirua.
In my years at Kapi-Mana News, I haven’t seen comment on a proposed facility flood in, and people be so outspoken, since the early days of Te Rauparaha Arena.
Both those for and against it have made sane, detailed arguments as Aquacom sought a lease for the wakepark. The applicant, Paul Marlow, has satisfactorily answered questions from Porirua City Council regarding noise levels, water qual- ity and health and safety, and got more than enough support from councillors at a crucial vote last year.
He has said ad nauseam that this is the only site in Porirua where a cablepark could be located – due to myriad reasons, Pauatahanui Inlet or Porirua Harbour are not suitable.
The location is something that comes up time and again, much to Mr Marlow’s frustration.
The residents against the proposal – and there are many, not just in Paremata and Papakowhai – chiefly object to the loss of a
Source of tension: A wakeboard park on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. A similar attraction has been approved – subject to resource consents – at Aotea Lagoon, Papakowhai.