Wake park washout

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -


The is­sue has never been about a wake park for the re­gion, it is a great idea. It is the lo­ca­tion.

De­spite some com­men­tary, it can­not be de­nied that the pro­posed com­mer­cial ven­ture di­rectly con­flicts with many ex­ist­ing users, pre­sent­ing risks to the safety and en­joy­ment of all con­cerned.

Risks to rid­ers in­clude be­ing hooked by kids learn­ing to fish. Fly­ing kites could tan­gle with over­head tow­ers and ca­bles. Boards will con­flict with model sail and power­boats.

Walk­ers and kids learn­ing to ride on the ad­ja­cent path will be af­fected by wind-driven wake spray. Who would set pa­ram­e­ters for, and ‘po­lice’ a spray pol­icy? Who would deal with sprayre­lated com­plaints?

Wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phers will have to jug­gle floral back­grounds against un­sightly tow­ers and ca­bles. The train will con­front in­creas­ingly dis­tracted park users. Fur­ther traf­fic con­ges­tion at the Whit­ford/Pa­pakowhai in­ter­sec­tion, which as the sin­gle exit from the grow­ing Aotea sub­di­vi­sions is al­ready very busy, yet is far from see­ing its full load­ing.

Re­stricted ac­cess pe­ri­ods for wake­board events are bound to fall in the peak use of sum­mer. Park­ing?

PCC would also be chang­ing their cur­rent rul­ing to now ap­prove the la­goon wa­ter qual­ity for con­tact ac­tiv­ity (i.e. swimming). Great stuff. Which part of the la­goon will be set

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