New $6m ma­rina open soon

Waikato News - - Front Page - Dee Wil­son

A state of the art re­de­vel­oped ma­rina at Mo­tuoapa that is fore­cast to open up new business op­por­tu­ni­ties at the south­ern end of Lake Taupo¯ is on track for com­ple­tion in July.

Taupo¯ har­bour­mas­ter Philip King says the bulk of con­struc­tion work for the $6 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment which started in June last year is now com­plete. He says in the next two months con­trac­tors will be­work­ing on road­ing, park­ing and green space ar­eas, in­stalling ser­vices and con­struct­ing gang­ways to ma­rina berths.

The re­de­vel­op­ment in­cludes 158 new berths cater­ing for ves­sels up to 14 me­tres. The ma­rina has been deep­ened to give larger ves­sels bet­ter ac­cess, and a man­made is­land within the basin has been re­moved. An area to the north of the ma­rina has been re­claimed and a small beach is be­ing cre­ated for re­cre­ation. A four-lane re­in­forced con­crete boat ramp and float­ing jet­ties are also be­ing con­structed on the north-west cor­ner of the re­claimed land.

Mr King says if ev­ery­thing con­tin­ues to plan berth own­ers will be able to get boats into the ma­rina in July. He says a re­view of the an­nual berthing fees has been un­der­taken to bring them into line with other Crown-owned mari­nas around the lake and re­flect the im­proved fa­cil­i­ties. The pro­posed fees are cur­rently set at $280 (inc GST) per me­tre of berth which equates to $2800 for a 10 me­tre berth. Mr King says the fees re­flect feed­back re­ceived dur­ing con­sul­ta­tion over the ma­rina de­vel­op­ment. The pric­ing struc­ture is sim­i­lar to the cur­rent pric­ing for the Taupo¯ and Nukuhau berths.

Sub­mis­sions are now be­ing taken from in­ter­ested par­ties and must be re­ceived by next Wed­nes­day, May 31. Mr King says in­ter­est in boat­ies want­ing berths has been good and around 80 per cent of the berths are ex­pected to be taken up im­me­di­ately.

“It is amod­ern fa­cil­ity that in­cor­po­rates ev­ery­thing that is new and ex­cit­ing in the ma­rina in­dus­try.”

Mr King says although it is an im­me­di­ate as­set for the wider com­mu­nity, he be­lieves the ben­e­fits will be seen in com­ing years.

“I re­ally think it will cre­ate many flow-on business op­por­tu­ni­ties at the south­ern of the lake,” he says.

New berthing per­mit con­di­tions are be­ing fi­nalised and once that is done pre­vi­ous berth hold­ers and those on the wait­ing list will be con­tacted with al­lo­ca­tion in­for­ma­tion.

Sub­mis­sions to the pro­posed Mo­tuoapa berthing fees close at 5pm to­mor­row and can be emailed mo­tuoa­[email protected], posted to PO Box 256, Taupo¯, 3351, or dropped off at the Har­bour­mas­ter’s Of­fice at 75 Re­doubt St, Taupo¯.

■ For in­for­ma­tion email har­bour­mas­[email protected] or phone the of­fice on 378 7176.

Pic­ture /Toni Maul­der

FU­TURE PROOFING: A $6 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of the Mo­tuoapa Ma­rina (pic­tured) is near­ing com­ple­tion.

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