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.
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.