Ag­grieved feel­ings on both sides

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Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

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.

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