sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : National Ocean Water Sports Centre moves after two years of planning
National Ocean Water Sports Centre moves after two years of planning

'Artist’s impression of the revamped Takapuna Camping Ground with no motorhomes only permitted'    Auckland City Council    Click Here to view large photo

The National Ocean Water Sports Centre (NOWSC) which was announced two years ago by the Minister of Sport and Recreation the Hon. Murray McCully and then North Shore City Mayor, Andrew Williams, has now been moved to a location in the Takapuna Camping Ground.

Proposal for the revamaped Takapuna Camping Ground with the road extension clear, garaging underneath, and the hardstand and NOWSC in the top centre of the graphic. -  Auckland City Council  
The project was announced in the tenure of the old North Shore City Council, and has now been joined into a Draft Takapuna Beach Reserve Management Plan by the new Auckland Council.

The Beach Management Plan was released for public comment on Tuesday July 10, 2012.

No formal announcement has been made on the reasons for the change of location after two years of consultation and planning.

An Auckland City Council Council spokesperson told Sail-World that the decision to make the change of location had followed a decision from three Commissioners who sat on an earlier application from Yachting New Zealand to create a hard stand area alongside the Takapuna Boating Club rescue boat sheds. Sailors had been keeping boats on the reserve while training at Takapuna Beach.

In not approving the application the Commissioners felt that there was no urgency to make a decision on the Hard Stand application ahead of the promulgation of the Draft Management Plan. It seems as that the application for the NOWSC Centre has been put into the same pigeon-hole despite there being no evidence taken at the Hearing into the hardstand.

According to the Council spokesperson the rationale behind the NOWSC move is to congregate all boating activities at the northern end of the beach, leaving the former location free for other recreational users. However there is no proposal to move the Takapuna Boating Club from its current location, and the club has a lease running for another 10 years. (The long-standing rationale for the area has been to separate power boats from other non-power users, largely on safety reasons.)

Two similar options have been presented in the Draft Plan for future use of the Takapuna Camping Ground.

Takapuna Camping Ground in its present state. -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo
Both involve the cancellation of the current lease of the area, and construction of an extension to Allison Avenue, which will provide for 25 double trailer parks. Underneath this extension will be garaging for boats including waka ama.

A hard stand area will be created in the NW end of the camping ground with the NOWSC being located above ground also at the NW end.

The NOWSC is shown on the plans as a two level building, with the upper level protruding well above road level behind, however the Council spokesperson said that the drawing was conceptual only and no decision had been made on the type, style or height of the building - just the possible location. However the text accommodating the drawings specify a 'multi-use building over two levels'.

One option presented by the Council planners has no camping facilities at all, a second option has an area in front of the garaging for mobile homes only to be parked.

Detailed plans were revealed in June 2010, for the original facility known as 'The Bunker' due to the fact that the facility was to be dug into the ground under a carpark, before being sealed in, and the area restored then to a near similar original state.

Dr Mark Orams, Mike Stanley, Jan Dawson, Des Brennan, Murray McCully, Jex Fanstone and Sir Stephen Tindall at the NOWSC announcement - 14 June 2010 -  .. .   Click Here to view large photo
Estimated to cost $8million original facility the was to cater for Sailing, Triathlon and Ocean Kayaking, alongside the Takapuna Boating Club, whose non-sailing members participate in these activities in substantial numbers, on week mights.

The novel concept for the original facility was that it would be located in a large excavation in the adjoining carpark digging a hole 36 metres long by 60 metres wide - which was to be covered back to the existing land level and topped with a deck and viewing area. The facility was to be capable of storing about 80 boats, plus RS:X and Techno windsurfers, along with paddleboards and surfskis plus waka/outriggers and kayaks.

Detailed concept plans, developed by architects Warren and Mahoney, were unveiled by the Minister at a briefing at the Takapuna Boating Club in June 2010. At that point it was expected to have the facility opened by September 2011.

The Bunker was planned to have a glass fronted area opening onto the Takapuna Beach reserve, which would have housed changing rooms and showers plus high performance coaching facilities for Yachting New Zealand and the other ocean watersports.

Graphic of the park view of the original NOWSC 14 June 2010 -  .. .   Click Here to view large photo
The Takapuna Boating Club and beach area has been the venue for some 14 world sailing championships since the 1970's and was the venue for the 2008 World Championships and Olympic Qualification regatta for four Olympic classes in 2008.

Funding for the facility, part of a series of high performance sporting infrastructure announcements made by the NZ Government in June 2010 which included a major upgrade of the Millennium Centre, a Cycling facility and the Rowing facility at Lake Karapiro was already complete at that time. Funding for The Bunker was to have come from Government sources, plus the then North Shore City Council and other funding sources.

Opposition to the new proposals is expected to be intense, with a Facebook page established less than a month already attracting over 3,000 followers. The objective of the Facebook group being to retain the camping ground, and its unique character.

The Council spokesperson would not comment on other options, for the NOWSC, should the objectors be successful.

Takapuna Camping Ground - showing the southern end with the Takapuna Cafe and a 470 being stored on the Reserve area -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

Architects Warren and Mahoney explain layout of the NOWSC - 14 June 2010 -  .. .   Click Here to view large photo

Perspective looking north of the revamped Takapuna Camping Ground with motorhomes permitted. -  Auckland City Council   Click Here to view large photo

Artist’s impression of the revamped Takapuna Camping Ground with motorhomes only permitted -  Auckland City Council   Click Here to view large photo

Perspective looking north of the revamped Takapuna Camping Ground with no camping permitted. -  Auckland City Council   Click Here to view large photo

Graphic of the futuristic deck view of the original NOWSC 14 June 2010 -  .. .   Click Here to view large photo


by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=99577

10:47 AM Wed 11 Jul 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

05 Jul 2012  Sail Noumea 2012: TeamVodafone Sailing breaks the race record - Video
05 Jul 2012  School kids enjoy Wellington Harbour with Ocean Sport and Kiwisport
03 Jul 2012  McKenzie wins Wellington Youth Match Racing Regatta on countback
03 Jul 2012  Yacht Racing Unlimited, Platu 25 Peninsula Championship, 2012.
22 Jun 2012  NZL Yachting Trust Optimist Dinghy Worlds FUNdraiser this Saturday
21 Jun 2012  French Bay Yacht Club has booming 2011-2012 season
19 Jun 2012  Classics: Rainbow II’s journey home begins
18 Jun 2012  Record number of Ross 930’s take part in Ponsonby CC Winter Series
15 Jun 2012  Classic Yachts: Heritage Park at Vos yard
13 Jun 2012  ISAF World Cup: Team Jolly on winning the Gold Medal at Weymouth
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

The 35th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has already attracted entries from 20 different countries: Antigua, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Puerto Rico, Russia, St.Maarten, Uruguay, USA and the US Virgin Islands. ... [more]  

The world is watching. Can Dongfeng Race Team hold onto their 57 nautical miles lead to China for what will essentially be the ultimate home victory? Or will another team get desperate and make a bold decision that could cost Dongfeng their win? ... [more]  

Most of the marquee classes at Quantum Key West Race Week 2015 came down to the last day of the regatta, which delivered the toughest conditions of the week. Howling winds and rough seas challenging the competitors on Friday, forcing the top contenders to raise their game in order to claim overall victory. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - Sport met science today on the Barcelona World Race when the pairs of skippers took the first opportunity to deploy their data monitoring Argo beacon which was given to them in Bareclona prior to the start. ... [more]  

2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - It really wasn’t our week. Two races were held today in very nice conditions and we finished third in both. Bella Mente won both races to win the class. ... [more]  

The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series, incorporating three days of coastal racing and the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race concluded last night at a sumptuous, Mount Gay Rum-fuelled prizegiving dinner and party. The final 300-mile Ocean Race to Antigua to tie up with the Superyacht Cup starts on Saturday. ... [more]  

Photographer Ingrid Abery was on the water again today at 2015 Quantum Key West Race Week, and provided this gallery of images from day five ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2015 - With a solid 17-20 knots from the north east, reducing the possibility of a distance sapping park up, the likehood of the Leg three leader the Chinese boat Dongfeng getting the gun in Sanya just 640 nautical miles ahead continues to strengthen. ... [more]  

The 2015 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship set to be held in Swinoujscie, Poland from 15 – 19 September 2015 Notice of Race has been released. ... [more]  

Currently doing scheduled maintenance. Some elements of site may not be visible at the moment. ... [more]  

On 2nd January 2015, Team Vestas Wind announced that skipper Chris Nicholson had been tasked to review the team during the month of January. The objective is to ensure the right team for the come back to the race, which is now, for this team, of a different nature than the scheduled original route from Alicante to Gothenburg. ... [more]  

Beau Outteridge has compiled a video of highlights and interviews from the 2015 McDougall + McConanghy Moth Worlds completed recently in Sorrento, Melbourne ... [more]  

Former Oracle Team USA team member, Matthew Mitchell has issued a media release stating that he has lodged a complaint with the International Sailing Federation over the actions of a fellow crew member, Simeon Tienpont, and inaction by the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup, in San Francisco. ... [more]  

Photographer Ingrid Abery was on the water at 2015 Quantum Key West Race Week, and provided this gallery of images from day four. ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Along with the rest of the 848 sailors from 63 nations currently training in Florida ahead of ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella (January 26-31), US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes and coaches have entered a period of intense focus ahead of the first major Olympic and Paralympic event of 2015. ... [more]  

2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - It probably won't be a late night on Duval Street for the sailors competing on Division Two and Three at Quantum Key West Race Week 2015. After doing three races in strong winds on Thursday, there are no doubt a lot of sore muscles, aching bones and tired bodies. ... [more]  

Children’s heart health continues to benefit from Team Alvimedica’s online auction now underway for two unique experiences during the Volvo Ocean Race stopover here. The Chinese Agape Foundation Inc. will be the recipient of funds raised for these unique team experiences in Sanya, the next stopover port of the global ocean race. ... [more]  

Lauderdale Olympic Classes Regatta overall by John Payne, Fort Lauderdale
The Lauderdale Olympic Classes Regatta was held January 17-19 in the Atlantic Ocean off of Dania Beach in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Open to Finns (it’s their Midwinter Championship), Lasers and Laser Radials, competitors came from twenty countries and Puerto Rico. They range in age from 14 to 79. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Leg 3 update from Dongfeng Race Team: All hands on deck as Chinese crew suffer damage to their boat as the tack line of an important sail (J1) broke suddenly sending the 132 m² sail shooting up the forestay in a matter of seconds. The team have managed to set up a temporary replacement but the reality is, this is a rude awakening of how far away the finish line is. ... [more]  

The city of Cagliari , Sardinia - Italy, will inaugurate the 2015 – 2016 America's Cup World Series, the regattas preliminary to the 35th America's Cup. The event will take place in the Gulf surrounding the island's capital from June 4 to 7, 2015. ... [more]  

Based off early morning forecasts, it appeared a lay day might be in the cards for competitors at Quantum Key West Race Week 2015. Some sailors might have already been making plays to play tennis or go fishing during an hour-long dockside delay. ... [more]  

Bay of Islands photographer, Steve Western was on hand to catch the action on the on the first Day (and with a couple from Day 2) of racing at the Millennium Cup and Bay of Islands Sailing Week. The two events are being conducted in the picturesque Bay of Islands, Northland, NZ. Five superyachts are competing along with round the world race winner Steinlager 2. ... [more]  

Despite generally light airs with winds reaching no more that 15kts, three teams have won their skipper’s weight in rum for breaking records in the 79th Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race. ... [more]  

2015 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - There is no straightforward regatta 'formula' and many events around the world strive to improve the experience that participants have year after year. For the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta it is no different, and this year they are listening to the regatta sailors when it comes to on shore venues and locations. ... [more]  

Photographer Ingrid Abery was on the water at 2015 Quantum Key West Race Week, and provided this gallery of images from day three. ... [more]  

Sailing in light winds of under 10kts, five superyachts enjoyed the first day's racing at the Millennium Cup sailed in the Bay of Islands, in Northland, New Zealand. Five superyachts are competing Silencio, Silvertip, Bliss, Janice of Wyoming and Sassafras. Three of these designed by Ed duBois, who is attending the regatta. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race - Up up and away by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team
Volvo Ocean Race 2015 - The nightmares of the Malacca Straits behind them, leg three leaders Dongfeng Race Team have now well and truly entered the South China Sea, clearing Singapore without too many problems on the way to Sanya. China, a little over 1000 miles away. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - 'Haves' and 'Have Nots' by Barcelona World Race Media
The Barcelona World Race tells the tale of the 'Haves' and the 'Have Nots' today. Leaders Chemineés Poujoulat have plenty of perfect breeze, sprinting nearly due east at speeds peaking at more than 20kts, while the chasing pack 'have not' and are stymied by the Saint Helena high pressure ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 update from Artemis Offshore Academy Alumni sailor Jack Bouttell: Jack is currently on route to Sanya, China with Dongfeng Race Team. At just 24 years old, Jack is the first British skipper to have won to coveted Rookie division in the 2000nm solo Solitaire du Figaro race, has two Solitaire du Figaro assaults and a RORC Transatlantic Race win under his belt ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - At the turn of the year, Olympic sailors took to Instagram, posting a picture that states ‘2013 was practice, 2014 was the warm up, 2015 is game time.’ ... [more]  

2015 Extreme Sailing Series - The Extreme 40 skippers and sailors presented today to the media and public at the Düsseldorf Boat Show confirm once again the very high calibre of competitors for the season ahead. ... [more]  

Photographer Ingrid Abery was on the water at Foiling GC32s Key West Race Week, and provided this gallery of images. ... [more]  

After three days of intense Coastal racing in the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series, many sailing teams were keen to make the most of today’s lay day activities. ... [more]  

2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 2
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - A challenging day
America's Cup: Spithill leads Oracle reconnaissance team in Bermuda
Extreme Sailing Series announces new teams and venues for 2015
Barcelona World Race - Leaders enter the fastest section of the course
Martinique Surf Pro - Must attend event in the world surfing circuit
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup preview
RORC Caribbean 600 proving irresistible
18ft Skiffs: Images from NSW Championships - Race 2
Volvo Ocean Race – Malacca Nightmare – now it’s a boat race again!!
2015 Annapolis to Newport Race - Battle for Surflant Prize
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Off to a great start
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica - Enter the Dragon + Video
Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series - Day 3
World Match Racing Tour's title sponsor goes into administration
Kieler Woche 2015 promotes Olympic sailing competitions
Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía – Kiteboarding and Dragons return
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami preview
Audi Melges 20 Class - Miami Winter Series
Barcelona World Race - The South is looming.
Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week announce new one design class   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Leg 3 position report for 19th January   
Pape Chevrolet North American Championships - Register today!   
Volvo Ocean Race: Sally Barkow - from the Olympics to the Volvo   
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - The big casino *Feature   
C&C 30 Javelin makes West Coast Debut   
Quantum Key West Race Week - Flurry of activity   
2015 Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series - Day 2   
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - Entering the Malacca Strait   
McDougall+McConaghy Moth Worlds: More Alex McKinnon images   
Quantum Key West Race Week - GC32 class joins the action   
Mount Gay Round Barbados Race - Racing underway in classic conditions   
Barcelona World Race - Matched up for a Duel in the South   
McDougall+McConaghy Moth Worlds: Final day's action and Interviews   
Volvo Ocean Race - Fleet on the Monsoon trail   
2014 - 2015 Barcelona World Race - From one hemisphere to another   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week celebrates 20 years   
Mount Gay Round Barbados Series - Last min dash for tomorrow’s start   
Barcelona World Race - Neutrogena puts on cloak of invisibility   
Newport Bermuda Race 2016 will be scored by one handicapping system   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT