Leaving aside the issue of whether or it is a good use of public money to put a walkway through a boatyard that is an environmental hazard or whether money from Auckland Transport for use by the Board, meant to be for new footpaths or similar projects in the road corridor, should be used on a Parks Reserve, the whole project has left the island with an eyesore.
There has been no action for months and now that infringement notices have been served on the illegal boats in the area it looks set to become a battleground as Green activists fight to retain their privileges.
As a first step on the walkway project, the hulks of rotting boats have been either removed or shifted, at ratepayers expense, leaving a wide unslightly gap on Putiki Reserve that has seen no action for months.
More clapped out boats have arrived in the last year to add to the many hulks, used by liveaboards. 40 boats in Putiki Bay has become about 90 that now litter the area, which has become infamous for boozing, pot, bad language, fights, and rubbish dumping.
There are only three legitimate houseboats in the bay, all purpose-built as homes rather than vessels that go out to sea. All other keeled boats on the foreshore are illegal.
The illegal boats have been served with infringement notices because they breach Auckland Council public nuisance by-laws. The owners have been told they must move. They also breach environmental protection by-laws because they are polluting the bay with their ant-fouling paint.
These liveaboards do not pay rates or any other charges, get free boat storage including mooring, do not obey environmental protection servicing time limit restrictions, are given public amenities including toilets, free water, parking and buses alongside. One liveaboard has bragged he owns a ‘village’ of seven boats.
This sorry state of affairs has led an entitlement culture to flourish among them. This has been compounded by many years of neglect of duty by our Parks Officer: neglect that eventually had fatal consequences.
Now advocates for the liveaboards are up in arms because of the infringement notices and are organising a petition to save their privileges. These ‘advocates’ are the same hypocritical ‘greenies’ who preach ‘environmental sustainability’ at law abiding citizens. Work is on hold while Local Board ‘greenies’ figure out how to handle their own insurgent ‘greenies’ who can usually muster the island’s Green rent-a-mob.
Meanwhile attempts by law-abiding locals to find out what’s happening on the Causeway and in Putiki Bay from the WLB have fallen on deaf ears. Our elected representatives seem to have no idea what is going on with their own project. Instead they fob off concerned ratepayers by telling them to get in touch with various Council Controlled Organisations who in turn refer them back to the Board.
What a monumental cock-up and what a waste of ratepayers’ money this whole project has become.
Te Matuku Track sacrificed for liveaboards
Blood on their hands