Coun­cil puts a stop to boat club sale


Auck­land Coun­cil has put the ki­bosh on Taka­puna Boat­ing Club’s plan to sell the his­toric, but di­lap­i­dated, Bayswa­ter Boat­ing Club house.

The club had put the her­itage­listed build­ing up for sale ear­lier this year, and con­firmed it was at the point of a con­di­tional sale in Septem­ber, be­fore the coun­cil stepped in to shut the sale down.

At the time, club com­modore Barry Ward said keep­ing up the age­ing build­ing was plac­ing too much of a strain on the club’s bud­get.

‘‘We’re not in the restora­tion busi­ness … we’re not prop­erty de­vel­op­ers, we’re the boat club,’’ Ward said.

The her­itage-listed build­ing has stood on the water­front site of the Bayswa­ter Ma­rina since the 1920s.

The Taka­puna Boat­ing Club pur­chased an old tan­nery build­ing in Pan­mure, which mem­bers took to pieces, then sailed around the Auck­land bays and across the har­bour to Bayswa­ter, re­con­struct­ing the build­ing in its cur­rent lo­ca­tion on Sir Peter Blake Pa­rade.

The land had been gifted to the club by an Act of Par­lia­ment in 1923.

The leg­is­la­tion stip­u­lates the land must be used ‘‘for the pur­poses of boat­ing-sheds, pub­lic swim­ming-baths, so­cial hall, or for any sim­i­lar or in­ci­den­tal pur­pose’’ while the land and build­ing could not ‘‘be used for pri­vate gain’’.

The build­ing acted as a club house from the 1920s un­til the 1960s, host­ing re­gat­tas and so­cial func­tions in Shoal Bay.

It was then de­cided a new club­house would be es­tab­lished in Taka­puna, with the Bayswa­ter site con­tin­u­ing to act as a venue to teach sail­ing and to hold oc­ca­sional re­gat­tas.

It has now fallen out of use. Ward said the boat­ing club had gone to other com­mu­nity groups and wa­ter sports clubs to see whether they would take on the build­ing, but ul­ti­mately, no one was will­ing.

Auck­land Coun­cil con­firmed it met with the boat­ing club in Oc­to­ber.

‘‘Auck­land Coun­cil met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Taka­puna Boat­ing Club ... to dis­cuss op­tions for the Bayswa­ter build­ing,’’ coun­cil gen­eral man­ager of com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties Rod Sheri­dan said.

‘‘The club has agreed to stop the sale process and is work­ing with coun­cil to iden­tify ap­pro­pri­ate next steps.’’


The sale of the derelict Bayswa­ter Boat­ing Club house is be­ing held up by Auck­land Coun­cil.

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