Nimbyism alive and well…on Waiheke


NIMBY’s oppose the neater and tidier development of a marina on Waiheke

I see the Horrid?s irony bypass continues to deliver, calling the mega-wealthy John Hawkesby ?an island winery owner and wine reviewer? and backing his David vs Goliath battle to stop progress on Waiheke in the form of a much-needed marina in the most logical place to have it.

Opponents of a 160-berth marina plan for Waiheke Island’s most visited bay are trying to raise $175,000 for a battle in the Environment Court by taking $20 donations and selling T-shirts and tickets to a variety concert.?

“It’s a David and Goliath battle – we are not intimidated by wealthy individuals who may be backing this,” said John Hawkesby, an island winery owner and wine reviewer, who is leading the fund-raising effort for Direction Waiheke.

He said the island’s residents were divided over the marina proposal for Matiatia Bay, which has the main ferry wharf from Auckland.

“I’m involved because I think a marina at Matiatia is an abomination and ludicrous on a number of grounds, primarily atheistic,” said the former broadcaster.

“It’s our shop front, a beautiful little bay and to take up a good third of a public bay so Matiatia looks like everywhere else in the world is crazy.”

Hawkesby declares he?s ?not intimidated by wealthy individuals who may be backing this? ? probably because he?s considerably richer than they are. Reminds me of one of Harry Enfield?s better sketches.