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Boating Club move a win/win

 |  R.Harwood  | 

About our famous boating club. Did you know that since Johnathan Kline threw his positive energy into the club (6-7 years ago) they have purchased suitable training yachts, run excellent holiday learn-to-sail programs for our kids, and held many successful yachting regattas?

Each year the Whitianga special needs kids and their carers are taken for a sail on Hobie cats. The smiles on the faces of everyone involved says it all. One year a group of at-risk foster kids and their carers from Rotorua came and sailed and left feeling confident and inspired.

After reading the complaints of individuals about the proposed repositioning of the club house to the scruffy piece of land at the end of Dundas Street. I went and looked for myself and realised this is an ideal spot. First it will tidy it up no end and make far greater use of this community space than the dismal place it is now. As aerial photos show, the parking is now chaotic and random. This would be greatly improved. The security would be improved. Rugby is a large part of our culture so is sailing, thus to bring the two together in a spirit of cooperation is a win/win.

The Tairua Skatepark was held up for over 30 years thanks to a couple of objectors empowered by the outdated RMA. As the town grows, facilities such as our community built boating club become essential.

About our famous boating club. Did you know that since Johnathan Kline threw his positive energy into the club (6-7 years ago) they have purchased suitable training yachts, run excellent holiday learn-to-sail programs for our kids, and held many successful yachting regattas?

Each year the Whitianga special needs kids and their carers are taken for a sail on Hobie cats. The smiles on the faces of everyone involved says it all. One year a group of at-risk foster kids and their carers from Rotorua came and sailed and left feeling confident and inspired.

After reading the complaints of individuals about the proposed repositioning of the club house to the scruffy piece of land at the end of Dundas Street. I went and looked for myself and realised this is an ideal spot. First it will tidy it up no end and make far greater use of this community space than the dismal place it is now. As aerial photos show, the parking is now chaotic and random. This would be greatly improved. The security would be improved. Rugby is a large part of our culture so is sailing, thus to bring the two together in a spirit of cooperation is a win/win.

The Tairua Skatepark was held up for over 30 years thanks to a couple of objectors empowered by the outdated RMA. As the town grows, facilities such as our community built boating club become essential.


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