Already more than 5% of all weddings in New Zealand take place on Waiheke. There could be a new 'gold' rush here as Aussies take advantage of our gay marriage legislation.
Whilst this is good news for our island economy and jobs it will put stress on our infrastructure.
Jim Hannan told last night's Board meeting that, following this year's bumper tourist season, our infrastructure is struggling to cope. He said ferries, restaurant's, accommodation, vineyards, and tourism venues are all near capacity. ATEED continues doing a great job of promoting Waiheke to an international audience. Our I-site is one of the busiest in Auckland.
Private enterprise will respond to market pressures but if economic drivers (particularly the wedding industry) place even more pressure on our roads, parks, toilets, the Owhanake water treatment plant, Matiatia, etc. there is a danger of over promising to our visitors and under delivering.