Crowd­funded pon­toon

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

A hol­i­day-maker from Tau­ranga has led a crowd-fund­ing project to re­place a pop­u­lar pon­toon at Lake hakuri.

The crowd-funded jetty built at Lake hakuri is of­fi­cially open for use by the com­mu­nity after a bless­ing.

The fundrais­ing was or­gan­ised by Tau­ranga res­i­dent Barry Mur­phy, who owns a bach at Ati­a­muri, in re­sponse to the pre­vi­ous old wooden jetty be­ing re­moved due to health and safety con­cerns. Lo­cals and vis­i­tors raised over $6500 via Mr Mur­phy’s Givealit­tle page and though he said it had taken over a year to get the pon­toon jetty in­stalled, its com­ple­tion was per­fect tim­ing for sum­mer.

“What’s im­pressed me all the way has been how the com­mu­nity in Ati­a­muri and the sur­round­ing ar­eas got be­hind the idea and all chipped in. We’ve had help with the ship­ping, the de­liv­ery and the fund­ing, as well as sup­port from Mer­cury and Taupo¯ District Coun­cil. With­out the com­mu­nity be­hind me, I couldn’t have made this hap­pen and we are look­ing for­ward to a much safer sum­mer sea­son,” he said.

The new jetty is to be main­tained by Taupo¯ District Coun­cil and Taupo¯ Mayor David Tre­wavas said it was great to see how the com­mu­nity had come to­gether to achieve their goal.

“This has been a fan­tas­tic part­ner­ship by all in­volved, with a re­ally good out­come. Lake

hakuri is an in­cred­i­bly wellused lo­ca­tion, with New Zealand’s top wa­ter skiers and wake board­ers us­ing it reg­u­larly, so this jetty is go­ing to be a real as­set.”

Mer­cury En­ergy’s Alan Hur­comb said Lake hakuri¯ O was a beau­ti­ful part of the Waikato River and they had been very happy to join with Barry and the com­mu­nity of lake users to put the pon­toon in the wa­ter.

The bless­ing was car­ried out by Raukawa kauma¯tua Te Ha­puku Rikiriki, with three other rep­re­sen­ta­tives of lo­cal (Raukawa) marae.

Photo / Sup­plied

From left: Alan Hur­comb of Mer­cury En­ergy, Te Ha­puku Rikiriki, April Haika, Al­bert Ra­tima and Erica Maui of Raukawa and the Mur­phy fam­ily: Rebekah, Barry, Sum­mer (right) and baby Isla.

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