A Call For Help

CAN ANYONE HELP

Woody Bruce Ryrie has taken on a project – a c.1960’s Couldrey classic launch that he acquired from the Firth of Thames. Unfortunately no name, so the first ask is does anyone know more about the boat?

The second ask is a little bigger, as you can see in the above photos there are a few planks that need replacing and Bruce would really appreciate a hand with the work, or even some guidance.

The launch is hauled out at Clevedon.

WE ARE LOSING OUR WATERFRONT – Okahu Bay Haul Out

It has recently been brought to my attention that our friends at Auckland Council are very anti boating – read below a summary of what’s been happening –

It’s not only the government that thinks it knows best.  Auckland City has determined that the Haulout at Okahu bay, known as the Orakei Landing, will be shut down and the area will become a park reserve!  The local board, despite overwhelming submissions against any change, decided in its woke way that the Landing haulout facilities, which have been a part of Auckland since the year dot, should be closed to provide another park.  The haulout has and is being used by many owners of traditional wooden boats where owners as well as professionals work on them near to their homes.  With the closure of this there will be no inner harbour haulouts on the Southern side of the harbour.  There are also a number of professionals who will be out of a job or whose businesses will be reduced because of losing this facility.  Auckland once touted itself as the city of sails.  It seems it no longer thinks this is part of its makeup.In credibly the committee of the RAYC sent out an email to its members encouraging them to vote to close the Landing.  That was done in a way which unless you read it carefully and understood what was happening would have led to many members completing the form supplied to submit for closure!  It all smells a bit.

If you are even slightly motivated to voice your concern re the closure of the Okahu Bay haul out area – I suggest to use the channel I find works best with local politicians – they hate negative publicity – contact the chairman of the  Orakei Local Board – Scott Milne direct via Facebook and leave a message – link here https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007006489029

AND TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR YOU TO VOICE YOUR CONCERNS SEE BELOW

Local Board members that voted in favour of closing the hardstand*: 

· Scott Milne: scott.milne@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz / 021 876 326 

· Sarah Powrie: sarah.powrie@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz / 021 142 2913 

· Margaret Voyce: margaret.voyce@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz / 029 880 9900 

· Troy Elliott: troy.elliott@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz / 021 658 769

9 thoughts on “A Call For Help

  1. May be passing through Clevedon around September/October time, if so I could lend a hand with the new planking to Woody.

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  2. I absolutely agree with Ian Reid.

    It has also been part of my life since 1946 with many wonderful memories right from childhood at the age of 10.
    Surely someone MUST BE ABLE TO STOP THIS DESECRATION OF OUR MARINE HERITAGE. — ken r

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  3. APPALLING!! Do I detect the fell hand of Eke Panuku in this? Now that the enabling act of parliament for Hobsonville (nee Westpark) Marina has proven too strong for their machinations, perhaps Panuku are trying to oblige their client by driving all Auckland boaties to use HM’s haulout facilities??

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  4. this brings tears to my eyes, Okahu bay has been part of my life since1946 and my family long before that, what’s next are they going to drain the harbour of water so boaties can,t use it

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  5. Every time I hear of something that the Council or AT is doing, it creates a sense of anger and then frustration. I then have to tell myself it serves to validate our call to turn our backs on 50+ years of roots, a harbour and gulf I loved, family and friends and get out while we were young enough to put roots down elsewhere.

    The Council’s complete lack of respect for Auckland’s maritime history and ensuring it has a future is a disgrace.

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  6. Okahu Bay going, Pier21 gone, Bayswater boat ramp and marina facilities as we know it are on the way out. What’s left?! Orams I guess. Or steam up to Gulf Harbour.

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