New Waiheke Island marina approved
By Anne Gibson
A controversial new marina for Waiheke Island's Kennedy Point has been approved by Auckland Council independent planning commissioners.
Resource consent has just been granted for a 186-berth marina with 72 carparks on a pontoon connected to the land via a hinged gangway off Donald Bruce Rd.
"Waiheke does not need a marina. Some boat owners will want it and some of these will be locals. It may be that a marina will be palatable to our community. Ultimately this will be determined through a resource consent process," Walden said last year.
Meanwhile a bigger victory for democracy and for the future wellbeing of the Hauraki Gulf has been achieved through the auspices of Democracy Action. This group has been fighting to uphold the principle of one man, one vote law and equality before the law.
Since 2013 a group of iwi leaders from areas surrounding the Hauraki Gulf have sought control of the Gulf. They have concentrated their efforts on taking over the Hauraki Gulf Forum, the statutory body that oversees the management of the Gulf, by invoking co-governance rights supposedly granted under the Treaty of Waitangi. This has been opposed by Democracy Action and its supporters.
Democracy Action has issued the following press release.
Democratic Decision-making Welcomed
Democracy Action is welcoming Monday’s decision by the Hauraki Gulf Forum to reject the ‘co-governance’ provisions recommended in the highly contentious Governance Review and Recommendations Report, commissioned by the Forum.
The report recommended restructuring the Forum, removing the majority of elected members and proposing the following:
Chairman of the Democracy Action, Lee Short, who attended the meeting says, “The overriding purpose of the Hauraki Gulf Forum is to promote and facilitate the integrated management and the protection and enhancement of the Hauraki Gulf. It was never intended to be used as a vehicle to usher in constitutional change. Yet, this is exactly what proposals in the report were promoting”.
- eight members appointed by mana whenua;
- five members appointed by the Minister of Conservation (political, business or NGO leaders rather than Crown representatives); and
- three members appointed by local authorities (one from each of the Auckland Council, Waikato Regional Council and the territorial authorities collectively) – these may or may not be elected members.
“If these proposals had been adopted half of the power of the Forum would have been captured by interests that are unelected by and unaccountable to the wider community”.
“We congratulate the Forum members who voted against the co-governance proposals, and reaffirmed their commitment to addressing the underlying causes of habitat degradation, poor water quality and fisheries depletion in the Gulf”.
It is very pleasant indeed to return to some good news following a relaxing holiday on the Gold Coast. Well done Democracy Action and well done Auckland Council’s independent planning commissioners.