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Marlborough Berth & Mooring News May 2007 The Newsletter of: ‘Marlborough Berth & Mooring Association’ P.O. Box 692, Picton Email: email@example.com NEWSLETTER to all Waikawa & Picton Marina Berth/Compound & Boatshed Tenants, Marina Berth & Mooring Owners, Havelock Marina Tenants, Waikawa Marina businesses plus those on a marina waiting list. BACKGROUND: Following the Marlborough District Councils directive to Port Marlborough last year to increase its yearly dividend to council, Port Marlborough has taken several courses of action that have proven very unpopular with boaties. For the past 6 months Port Marlborough has waived its Marina Berth Waiting List & put up for highest tender, (yearly rental), most berths that have become vacant since then. People who have been waiting 3 or 4 years on the Waiting List, are missing out to people who are prepared to pay more. This appears to be an abuse of the high demand/low supply situation at present, (over 300 on the waiting list), plus the monopoly position Port Marlborough holds in the market. Tenders have been accepted from those offering an average of around $2000 p.a. above existing yearly rentals. Port Marlborough has publicly stated, that tendering berths is here to stay and is their way of testing the market & setting prices into the future. We believe this to be a patently unfair system that is not used by any other Marina in New Zealand – a sharp rise in marina Berth prices may result in the future if Port Marlborough has its way. This, despite the Marinas already supplying one of the best returns on capital amongst their asset base, after over 480% in price increases since the marina was built!! Boating is an important local recreational and sporting activity and the District Council should be directing Port Marlborough to keep costs at a reasonable level, so local boaties can continue to enjoy our facilities and not be priced out of the market!! We all agree that more marina berths are required and Port Marlborough is planning extensions to the Marina at Waikawa. Unfortunately, to create the necessary space, they are opposing the issuing of Resource Consents for all current swing moorings in the bay – a very heavy handed and unpopular move. SWING MOORINGS are an important part of the NZ wide berthage spectrum, especially for those that cannot afford a marina berth – if it wasn’t for swing moorings, many families simply would not be able to go boating. It is important therefore, that these moorings are not lost and it would be a tragedy if people lost their investment in them. Many people save for years to acquire a mooring and they should be reimbursed a fair price or have their mooring moved further out into the bay to allow Marina extensions inside them. These issues, plus the siting & viability of the new drystack building, siting of future apartments in the Marinas, the threat of Council imposed levies on boaties and Marina/ Mooring Holders, to cover Sounds Maritime Safety and Port Marlborough’s desire to achieve maximum profits from all revenue sources (including non-commercial activities), without regard to existing tenants and business owners rights and concerns, are issues affecting and concerning a lot of people. To date there has been no united voice to tackle these issues. OPEN MEETING: After fielding a large number of complaints about the above matters, the Waikawa Boating Club instigated a meeting of all interested parties who could be contacted at short notice. A huge response eventuated with over 120 people filling the club rooms on the 17th April. There was UNANIMOUS SUPPORT for a united association to be formed to look after the interests of Marina & Mooring Owners & Tenants, plus those on the waiting lists, and to take action with regards to the above concerns. It was resolved to set up an association. Five people were selected to the Steering Committee with the option of co- opting up to 3 more Chairman: Graeme Kerr 5737172, firstname.lastname@example.org; Neil Croad 5776670, email@example.com; Phil Vining 5737457, firstname.lastname@example.org; Tony Cooper 5736591, email@example.com Murray White 5738883, firstname.lastname@example.org. Since Co-opted. Mark Horgan (Picton Marina), 5780555, email@example.com, Bob Culbert firstname.lastname@example.org, John Gander 021 971660 Pat Copp (Havelock) 021 658308 email@example.com We are already active, with several meetings behind us, discussions with solicitors and a useful 2 hour meeting with Port Marlboroughs General Manager, Des Ashton and key staff. We have legal opinion which advises that we should form an Incorporated Society and this is being actioned at present. There is an urgent need to employ a good solicitor from outside Marlborough to investigate the legality of Port Marlboroughs actions plus fight the resource consent process on behalf of mooring owners. A letter has already gone to the Commerce Commission to question the legality of Port Marlborough’s marina berth pricing & tendering structure under a monopoly situation. Representations to Council to achieve amenity status for the marina so it is treated the same as other sporting grounds & amenities in Marlborough is also required. There is lots more to do. PROGRESS can only be made with the FULL SUPPORT & FINANCIAL INPUT of everyone affected. It is important that we contact all affected parties & we are doing so with this Newsletter. Port Marlborough have expressed a desire to see this association formed so they will have a group to discuss & negotiate marina & mooring related issues with. We need both, to keep you informed of what is happening in Waikawa Bay, Picton & Havelock plus encourage you to give us your views, advice & concerns. FUNDING. Above all, we need to raise a considerable sum of money to carry out your objectives. To this end we urge you to join the Association, complete the attached form and return to us with the Yearly Subscription of $25 plus an initial donation of $50 to go towards legal and other expenses. Should any of you feel strongly enough about these matters and are financially able to, a larger donation would be gratefully received. It is anticipated that the high initial costs to sort out the current issues will reduce as time goes on. MANY PEOPLE have asked for a Marina & Mooring Association over the years – NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!!!
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