Kennedy Point Marina FAQs
These are some of the most frequently asked questions about the plans for Kennedy Point Marina.
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.
What size are the berths?
Are there any still available to purchase?
Berths range from 12m to 30m in length. Whilst all berths under 18m are now spoken for, 18m-30m berths are still available at this time.
For questions around berth availability or to register your interest, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Kennedy Point Boat Harbour Ltd
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.
Who is the developer behind Kennedy Point Marina? Was this the developer involved in the former Matiatia Marina 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.
Kennedy Point Boatharbour Limited is not the same developer responsible for the former proposed marina bid at Matiatia Bay which was rejected by the Environment Court in 2015.
Are you an overseas developer?
Kennedy Point Boat Harbour Limited is a locally owned, New Zealand company, established by local and internationally respected Marina developer, Tony Mair.
Our directors are made up of born and bred kiwis who have a passion for boating themselves, as well as decades of experience working in New Zealand marine construction projects. Learn more about our team here.
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 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.
What is proposed for the wastewater system?
The wastewater from boats and marina toilets will be pumped into and held in tanks until it is removed at a licensed wastewater disposal facility. This system will enable all boaties to dispose of their wastewater responsibly, even if they don't have a berth.
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.
Why have you chosen floating pontoons?
We are using state-of-the-art floating attenuators which means no permanent breakwaters, seawalls or dredging is required.
Piled in place and in the absence of fixed structures, these pontoons will have limited impact on the seafloor, will be visually unobtrusive at all stages of the tide, and will not disrupt coastal flows or currents. It will also allow access for marine life to swim underneath it.
Because the Kennedy Point site is naturally deep, no maintenance dredging will be required either.
Will a floating marina be able to withstand extreme weather events?
The attenuators for Kennedy Point Marina have been specifically designed for the Kennedy Point site conditions and extreme weather events by local and internationally renowned coastal engineers.
The attenuator technology is used in various conditions world-wide, from North of the Arctic Circle to the Tropics, and has withstood extreme weather events, for example Hurricane Earl and Hurricane Floyd in Charleston, USA.
When is the Marina construction expected to start & finish?
Construction of Kennedy Point Marina is set to commence in early 2021. Due to Covid lockdowns & international shipping delays, construction is expected to be completed in 2023.
Will you be dredging?
We are using floating pontoons which means there will be no dredging, reclamation or fixed seawalls. The Marina will be installed with minimal disruption to the shoreline and sea bed.
The natural water depth throughout the basin also means there will be no maintenance dredging required during the life of the Marina.
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 (around 95%) will take place from the water or off-site, 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 on-site 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.
Does the Marina construction break the rāhui?
The rāhui put in place by Ngāti Pāoa extends out to 1 nautical mile around Waiheke’s coastline and prohibits the gathering of scallops, mussels, crayfish and pāua within that area for a period of 2 years.
Ecological surveys undertaken showed that none of these species are present within the Marina footprint. This is because the seafloor in the bay is predominantly sandy/muddy, with no reef structures.
We support the rāhui and have requested that the construction crew respect it while they are working at Waiheke.
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.
Is it true that you will be burying a septic tank in the seabed?
A public pump-out facility will be available to enable boaties to dispose of their wastewater responsibly. The wastewater collection system proposed for the Marina does not involve burying a septic tank into the seabed.
Did you meet the conditions of your resource consent before beginning construction?
All pre-start conditions for the Marina were met and approved by Auckland Council’s Compliance Monitoring team. If this was not the case, construction could not have commenced.
Council will continue to keep track of the construction phase of the Marina’s development to ensure it is carried out in line with the granted consent conditions.
Did you consult with mana whenua?
The consent for Kennedy Point Marina was only obtained after public consultation and a publicly notified process over 2016 to 2018. This included direct and meaningful consultation with mana whenua and the recognised/mandated representatives from the Project outset.
Of the 17 iwi we approached to discuss the project with as part of the consent process, only three indicated they wished to provide input – Ngāti Pāoa, Ngāi Tai Ki Tāmaki and Ngaati Whanaunga. Cultural Values Assessments were provided by two of them.
As part of our Mana Whenua Engagement Plan, we continue to consult with mana whenua in relation to the building of the Marina and its future operation.
Was Ngāti Pāoa consulted with?
The Kennedy Point Marina team has worked closely with Ngāti Pāoa 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 have been incorporated into the design of the Marina and its conditions from the outset.
Was the protection of kororā included in your resource consent?
We have always been committed to protecting the kororā at Kennedy Point. As part of the Project’s resource consent, which was granted in 2017, a range of specific conditions were put in place to protect the kororā during construction and operation of the Marina.
Public Access & Facilities
Will there be public access into the Marina?
Yes. Our project team decided early on in the planning stages that we wanted to offer access benefits for the general public that are presently unseen in other Auckland marinas.
The marina piers, main floating breakwater and other facilities will be open to the public during daylight hours. A café and public meeting space will also be available, as will storage and launching facilities for kayaks and SUPs.
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.
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 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.
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. A pick-up and drop-off berth, as well as temporary day berthage, will be able to be used by visiting boaties. Further details around how to book temporary berths will be released closer to the completion of the marina.
Kororā / Little Blue Penguins
How will the wellbeing of the kororā be prioritised during construction?
We have always and continue to be committed to ensuring the welfare of the kororā at Kennedy Point.
As part of the Project’s resource consent which was granted in 2017, a range of conditions were put in place to protect the kororā during construction and operation of the Marina.
A detailed plan has been approved by Auckland Council outlining measures being taken to protect the kororā during the construction period. All works are taking place in accordance with the protocols outlined in the approved Kororā Construction Monitoring and Management Plan to avoid and minimise adverse effects on the kororā.
Additionally, the team has been working on a number of options to create predator-free penguin habitats on the perimeter of the Marina.
Are you demolishing the kororā habitat?
No. We are not and never have been demolishing the breakwater wall.
The rocks that are being touched by the Marina construction represent only 5% of the total area of the existing breakwater wall. These rocks will be temporarily removed for a maximum of three weeks, then replaced.
Our experts have advised that the kororā will be able to use the neighbouring rocks within the remaining 95% of the wall during this short period of time.
Any works that take place on this small section of breakwater wall above the mid-tide line (where kororā burrows are located) will only take place following an inspection of the area to ensure that there are no nesting or moulting kororā present. These works will only commence once the breeding/moulting season has finished in 2022.
Will kororā still be able to find food during construction activity?
Kororā that leave their burrows for feeding do so prior to dawn and return after dusk, and will forage generally within 20km of the breakwater. The Marina construction is deliberately timed to avoid works when kororā might be coming and going from the breakwater.
Additionally, a silt curtain is set up around piling activity that might generate sediment, so that the sediment is localised and does not cause wider turbidity effects in the bay. Sediment contained within the silt curtain settles to the seabed shortly after works have been completed and the silt curtain is then removed.
How many kororā are at Kennedy Point?
No one can say exactly how many kororā reside at Kennedy Point. A recent ecological survey (April 2021) with a conservation dog found 26 indications of possible kororā burrows, with two of these located in the Marina’s construction footprint.
We are monitoring the breakwater wall with surveillance cameras, allowing us to capture real-time, factual data on how the kororā are using the area.
How are the Kennedy Point Marina team working to minimise the environmental impacts associated with marinas?
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 key feature of the Marina's design is a floating rather than traditional fixed breakwater which means no dredging or reclamation will be needed. Kennedy Point Marina will therefore be installed with minimal disruption to the shoreline and seabed.
The natural water depth throughout the basin also means there will be no maintenance dredging required during the life of the marina.
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.
Berth holders will also be required to follow Marina rules around biosecurity and pollution.
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 there be a system to catch storm water and other debris?
Under our consent conditions, stormwater that falls onto the finished wharf and car park will be captured and treated before being discharged.
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 Impacts
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 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.
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.
Will the light and noise from the Marina impact Kennedy Point residents?
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.
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 public, short stay carparks next to the café. Charges for carparking will be the same for all users.