Whitey wins again
Needing to avoid getting painted out as a PC pack of greenies, Spanky Benson Pope has shown the Pink Carter the door by giving the Boaties their marina over and above the concerns of the local surfing community. The dredging will effect the surf break and destroy one of NZs best surf spots, but like I was telling my surfer protesters, boats cost more than surf boards, and those with the cash make the rules.
Whangamata marina gets go ahead – finally
Environment Minister David Benson-Pope has given the Whangamata Marina Society the go ahead to construct and operate a marina at Whangamata.
In light of the further information provided by the Environment Court to the Minister, Mr Benson-Pope decided that he was able to grant the consents subject to stringent conditions.
But iwi oppose the marina because of fears that traditional food-gathering areas will be lost.
Environmentalists were upset that the marina could help destroy a saltmarsh, and some surfers think the popular Whangamata bar will be affected.