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?
Construction of Kennedy Point Marina is set to commence in early 2021, with construction expected to take 24 months.
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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.
How will the construction at Kennedy Point Marina impact the local land and sea life?
Our team are taking particular measures to safeguard the local sea life at Kennedy Point.
Working alongside a penguin expert, we will be locating and identifying any active Little Blue Penguin nests in the Kennedy Point rock breakwater (five were identified several years ago), to ensure they are protected during construction, particularly during the breeding season.
We will also be working with Forest & Bird to develop and implement a predator control programme to ensure the ongoing survival of the Little Blue Penguin as well as other local birdlife.
Additionally, because Kennedy Point Marina is designed as a floating breakwater, it will allow the Little Blue Penguins and other marine life to simply swim underneath it.
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.
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.
Where possible materials for the project will be shipped by barge to minimise noise and any disruption.
Once the Marina is operational, berth holders will be required to abide by strict rules designed to minimise any inconvenience to local residents.
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.
What size are the berths?
Are there any still available to purchase?
Berths range from 10m to 30m in length with a range of berth sizes still available between 12- 30ms. To register your interest in a berth or for more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.