These are some of the most frequently asked questions about the plans for Kennedy Point Marina.
Kennedy Point Marina FAQs
What is Kennedy Point Marina?
Kennedy Point Marina is New Zealand's first island destination marina. It will be located at the entrance to Waiheke’s Putiki Bay at Kennedy Point, next to the SeaLink Car Ferry Terminal.
The Marina will be home to 180 boats (of varying sizes) with the option for visitors to rent smaller, temporary berths.
When is the Marina construction expected to start & finish? And will it be noisy?
Construction of Kennedy Point Marina is set to commence in early 2021, with construction expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
Any noise during construction is expected to be minimal with 95% of the construction taking place either on the water or off-site. On-site construction will only take place during daylight hours.
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What facilities will be available?
Who will be able to use the Marina facilities?
Kennedy Point Marina will be a world-class, fully serviced marina offering berth holders access to toilets, showers, and laundry facilities, as well as a small café and chandlery. Secure car parking will be available on New Zealand’s first floating pontoon carpark.
Whilst recycling, general rubbish, and grey/black water disposal facilities will be available, boaties will be encouraged to take their rubbish home where possible to keep Waiheke as beautiful as they found it.
The Marina will be open to the public during daylight hours, with access available to the main marina pier and café. Secure public SUP & kayak storage and launching facilities will also be available.
Will all boaties be able to use the marina facilities such as toilets, laundry, rubbish and grey water disposal or just those who have purchased a berth?
The grey water pump-out facility will be available for all visiting boaties, regardless of whether they have a berth.
All of the marina facilities (showers, toilets and laundry) will be available for berth owners and any other visiting boats (including day berthage boats).
A public toilet will be available at the marina office, and regular users of the marina (e.g kayakers/SUPers) will be able to access showers etc.
Will there be water and refuelling services?
There will be water and pump-out facilities available at Kennedy Point Marina. The grey water pump-out facility will be available for all visiting boaties, regardless of whether they have a berth.
A permanent refuelling facility will not be available at the marina.
Who is the developer behind Kennedy Point Marina? Was this the developer involved in the former Matiatia Marina development bid?
Kennedy Point Marina is being developed by New Zealand owned, Kennedy Point Boatharbour Limited and its subsidiary Kennedy Point Marina Development Limited. This development has met all of the requirements of the New Zealand Resource Management Act.
The Kennedy Point Marina Development team is made up of key personnel who have extensive experience specialising in Marina construction, development, and sales. Learn more about our team here.
Kennedy Point Development is not the same team responsible for the former proposed marina bid at Matiatia Bay which was rejected by the Environment Court in 2015.
Is this development a 'private' enterprise?
Kennedy Point Marina is being developed by New Zealand owned, Kennedy Point Boatharbour Limited and its subsidiary Kennedy Point Marina Development Limited.
You can read more about our team here. The company has obtained a coastal permit under the Resource Management Act 1991 to develop the marina in the coastal area. The permit comes with numerous conditions protecting public rights of access to the area.
How will the construction at Kennedy Point Marina impact the local land and sea life?
Our team is taking particular measures to safeguard the local sea life at Kennedy Point. The Kennedy Point Marina is designed as a floating breakwater, which will allow access for marine life to swim underneath it. Considerable time and resources have been invested in ensuring the marina is as environmentally neutral as possible. When finished, it will represent ‘best practice’ in terms of its environmental footprint.
A detailed plan has been approved by Auckland City Council outlining measures being taken to protect the kororā/Little Blue Penguins during the construction period. Additionally, the team has been working on a number of options to create predator-free penguin habitats on the perimeter of the Marina.
We have been working alongside specialist environmental ecologists to locate and identify active kororā / Little Blue Penguins. Our inspections have indicated two potential burrow locations that are within the construction footprint for the Marina wharf and two which are just outside the construction footprint. We have implemented a monitoring program which will include the installation of burrow cameras to give us real time data on the kororā/Little Blue Penguins.
There are rocks which surround the two potential burrows, and these will need to be temporarily relocated. Approximately 5% of the existing seawall / breakwater will be affected. We expect the temporary relocation will take two to three weeks maximum. We are working with specialist consultants to ensure at all times we are guided by qualified and respected experts.
Marina Environmental Care & Potential Impacts
How are the Kennedy Point Marina team working to minimise the environmental impacts associated
The Kennedy Point Marina team has worked closely with Ngāti Paoa Iwi Trust from the very beginning of the planning process in 2016 to ensure that their role as guardians (kaitiaki) has been respected and that their voice has been heard.
The Iwi’s environmental, sustainability and cultural aspirations continue to be at the heart of all planned work at this site.
A key feature of the Marina's design is a floating rather than traditional fixed breakwater which means no dredging or reclamation will be needed.
Berth holders will also be required to follow Marina rules around biosecurity and pollution.
Kennedy Point Marina will be the first marina in New Zealand to regulate and monitor anti-fouling coatings on vessels in accordance with current government regulations. All boats berthing in the Marina will be required to use only low copper or no-copper anti-fouling paints.
How will surrounding bays be affected?
Will the water quality be tested regularly to ensure that no environmental damage has occurred?
The environmental investigations completed for the marina showed that the biggest impacts on water quality in Putiki Bay were sediment discharges from the land during rainfall events and discharges from boats moored in the upper part of the bay, or being cleaned at the haul-out.
Kennedy Point Marina will be prohibiting discharges into the water from its boats, and regulating anti-fouling coatings that can be used, and therefore it is expected that it will not affect water quality in the Bay.
Regular water and sediment quality monitoring within the marina and Putiki Bay generally is required under the marina’s consent. This information will be publicly available.
Will the Marina encourage invasive pests into the area or scare away marine life?
From our team’s joint experience having worked in Marina construction and management for over sixty years combined, we have found that Marina environments often become havens for local marine life. We have seen plenty of schools of fish including snapper, mullet and kingis, as well as sting rays, dolphins and orcas around other New Zealand and international marina structures that our team have designed and developed.
Additionally, there will be no fishing permitted in the Marina which we hope will provide a safe place for marine life to thrive. We also support and will be enforcing the recent rāhui placed on harvesting scallops, mussels, crayfish and pāua.
Boats berthed in Kennedy Point Marina will also be required to use only low copper or no-copper anti-fouling paints which will minimise toxins that would otherwise impact the seabed and marine ecosystem, and our Marina will not be home to any commercial fishing vessels.
Local Community & Potential Impacts
How will the local community be affected during construction?
Kennedy Point Marina is working to minimise the impact on the local Waiheke community during construction and beyond.
Whilst the majority of construction will take place from the water (we estimate 95%), we expect that there will be a period of 2 – 3 weeks only when the footpath will need to be temporarily diverted while the new vehicle crossing to the wharf is finished. We will work with SeaLink and Auckland Transport to minimise any inconvenience and ensure that the community are kept fully informed of any disruption during this small phase of construction via our Facebook page and on-site signage.
Where possible, materials for the project are being shipped by barge to minimise noise and any disruption, and construction will only take place during daylight hours.
Once the Marina is operational, berth holders will be required to abide by strict rules (including light and noise restrictions) which are designed to minimise any inconvenience to local residents.
How will current public spaces and facilities be affected?
Current public facilities and space at Kennedy Point, including the foreshore, boat ramp and ferry terminal will not be affected.
In addition, we are also creating new facilities for the use and enjoyment of the public. The Marina will be open to all during daylight hours, with access available to the main Marina piers and café.
Secure public SUP & kayak storage and launching facilities will also be available for the public at the Marina, as will temporary day-berthage available for visiting boaties who will be able to benefit from secure boat mooring while they visit the Island for the day.
How will the marina impact local boaties who currently use the KP boat ramp to launch?
There won’t be any impact on local boaties who use the Kennedy Point boat ramp. The marina is located on the other side of the Kennedy Point breakwater and will have its own dedicated entrance off Donald Bruce Road which will be well sign-posted.
Access to the boat-ramp won’t be changed at all.
Will events that currently take place at Kennedy Point still be able to go ahead once the Marina is completed?
Our team are committed to ensuring that events are able to continue from Kennedy Point and we will be happy to work with event organisers to see how we can assist for future events once the marina is built (e.g, by ensuring safe swimming access through the Marina entrance).
The foreshore will remain untouched and the Marina has been designed to allow unobstructed access to and from the beach.
Have any Waiheke residents purchased berths at Kennedy Point Marina?
Of the initial expressions of interest in berths, 68% indicated that they were Waiheke ratepayers.
As those expressions of interest have translated into berth purchases over the last 18 months, we believe that up to 70% of the berths purchased are from people who own either their primary or secondary residence on Waiheke Island. Many of those who own a bach on Waiheke have listed their other address as their primary contact which is why we can only say this anecdotally.
How will the Marina affect SeaLink ferry services?
There will be no service delays or changes to the frequency of the SeaLink ferries between Auckland City and Waiheke Island due to the construction and completion of the Marina.
There may be a period of 2-3 weeks where part of the footpath on Donald Bruce Road that leads to the SeaLink ferry terminal will be temporarily diverted for construction work. We will be working with SeaLink and Auckland Transport to minimise any inconvenience that this may cause. On-site signage and our Facebook page will keep everyone updated.
Will there be damage to archaeological sites, wāhi tapu or any other sites of historical significance?
Our team has worked alongside and received guidance from Ngāti Pāoa throughout the planning process which began in 2016 and we will continue to do so. A full archaeological investigation was also undertaken (and peer reviewed), which identified no historic sites would be affected.
Based on the detailed cultural and historical assessment carried out by the Ngāti Pāoa Environment Unit, and submitted as part of Kennedy Point Marina’s Consent process, the site for Kennedy Point Marina is not considered wāhi tapu by Ngāti Pāoa.
Archaeological reports and historical records also confirm that there are no urupa, historic battles or similar events of significance to Ngāti Pāoa that would make the site wāhi tapu.
Will there be light and noise restrictions for people and boats using the Marina?
Yes, there will be noise and light restrictions for boats (and their occupants) berthed in the Marina, along with a raft of other Marina Rules, which will be enforced by Marina Management.
What considerations were taken into account when designing the lighting?
The Marina structures and onsite lighting have been specifically designed not to be intrusive to local residents. The lighting will also have minimal glare at water level so as to not impact any local marine life that may be within the vicinity of the Marina.
All noise and light emissions from the marina will comply with the standards laid out in the Auckland Unitary Plan and relevant bylaws.
What size are the berths?
Are there any still available to purchase?
Berths range from 12m to 30m in length. For questions around berth availability or to register your interest, please contact email@example.com
What security will be onsite?
The safety of all boats and boaties berthing in the marina is our top priority.
There will be two gated entrances into the marina, one for vehicles and one for pedestrians, and berth owners will require a security card to gain access. The marina will also have video surveillance and staff monitoring the facility, including all water entrances.
All visitors will be encouraged to report any security concerns so that we can all look out for each other and help to keep everyone safe.
If I want to come to Waiheke and moor my boat for the day, will I be able to rent a temporary day berth?
Yes, further details around how to book temporary berths will be released closer to the completion of the marina.
Will there be parking available?
Yes, secure car parking for berth holders will be available for up to 72 vehicles. In a New Zealand first, the car park structure will be built on large floating concrete pontoons.
There will also be public car parking available for visitors to the marina.
Will this decrease the number of car parks available in what is currently the parking area for car ferry users?
The number of carparks for ferry users at the Kennedy Point carpark will be increased as part of the marina development (pending approval from Auckland Transport).
We will also be extending the ferry queuing lanes on Donald Bruce Road to reduce congestion at peak times, which has been part of the project design from the outset.
How many of the new marina carparks will be available to locals who haven’t purchased a berth? Will locals get reduced parking rates if there is a charge?
The resource consent for the marina specifies that car parks at the marina are reserved for marina users (i.e., people visiting the café, meeting friends at the public berth, going on a charter, or using any of the other public facilities).
There will be 6 short stay carparks next to the café (2hrs) and about 40 other Pay and Display carparks available for visitors.
Charges for carparking will be the same for all users.