I was delighted to read the opponents of Waiheke’s first marina have been given a well deserved boot up the bum by the Supreme Court and that the proposed Kennedy Point marina is to proceed.
What is it about this country that no matter what anyone wants to do, invariably a faction springs up to oppose it?
Waiheke has a lengthy coastline with numerous inlets, beaches and bays. Allowing one relatively tiny area to have a doubtless much in demand marina hardly impedes access to the island’s beaches and bays.
Few countries in the world have a coast-line as long as New Zealand’s, indeed up until the addition of the final two states in 1959, ours was even longer than the USA.
People like walking on beaches but world-wide they like a great deal more walking alongside marinas and looking at the boats. It’s a popular recreation everywhere.
While this Supreme Court decision seemed obvious, when I read that the Save Kennedy Point was headed by someone improbably and embarrassingly called Sebastian Cassie, then that alone would have decided the decision, indeed I imagine their Honours had to restrain themselves from incarcerating Sebastian for contemp.