Mo­tuoapa Ma­rina of­fi­cially opened

Taupo Times - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - TAMARA THORN

Boat­ies at the south­ern end of Lake Taupo¯ are cel­e­brat­ing the com­ple­tion of a new $6mil­lion ma­rina.

Har­bour Master Philip King was choked up with emo­tion as he spoke at the open­ing of the 158-berth Mo­tuoapa Ma­rina on Satur­day.

He said all the hard work that has been put into the new ma­rina was go­ing to be a big boost to ev­ery­one the com­mu­nity not just the boat­ies.

The new fa­cil­ity has been de­signed for ev­ery­one with a new pub­lic beach, 104 new carparks and 158 ma­rina berths.

‘‘It has taken a bit longer to com­plete, but we got it done prop­erly,’’ he said.

‘‘Fu­ture gen­er­a­tions will ben­e­fit from this.’’

He said see­ing peo­ple happy that the ma­rina has been re­vamped was a great feel­ing and he is glad that has gone ahead.

‘‘I am look­ing for­ward to sum­mer and for the com­mu­nity to en­joy it [new ma­rina and beach.]

King said the re­vamp cost $6 mil­lion and, where pos­si­ble, money was spent lo­cally.

Taupo¯ MP Louise Up­ston vis­ited the ma­rina ahead of its of­fi­cial open­ing on Satur­day.

‘‘It is an ex­cit­ing time for lo­cals who will now be able to ex­pe­ri­ence the ben­e­fits and op­por­tu­ni­ties that the lon­gawaited up­grade of Mo­tuoapa Ma­rina will bring,’’ she said.

‘‘The ne­glected state of boat­ing fa­cil­i­ties around the lake was one of the first is­sues raised with me when I be­came the MP for Taupo¯ .

‘‘I was pleased to be able to se­cure $4.8 mil­lion in Bud­get 2011 to help this project and oth­ers like it get off the ground.

‘‘I’m de­lighted to see years of dis­cus­sions and plan­ning come to fruition.’’

She said the up­grade of Mo­tuoapa Ma­rina joins a long list of com­pleted projects that re­ceived fund­ing in Bud­get 2011.

Th­ese in­clude up­grades and im­prove­ments to Taupo¯ and Nukuhau Mari­nas, as well as ramps and jet­ties at Aca­cia Bay, Te Mo­enga, Pukawa and Omori, among oth­ers.

‘‘Lake Taupo¯ brings thou­sands of vis­i­tors to the re­gion ev­ery week so it’s im­por­tant that its boat­ing fa­cil­i­ties are mod­ern, safe and fit for pur­pose.

‘‘I look for­ward to see­ing Mo­tuoapa Ma­rina pro­vide a wel­come boost to the south­ern end of the lake.’’

TAMARA THORN/STUFF

Mo­tuoapa Ma­rina grand open­ing took place on Satur­day Novem­ber 11.

TAMARA THORN/STUFF

Toni Maul­der, Mar­i­lyn Lit­tle and Philip King are happy with the out­come of the new ma­rina.

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