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Auckland’s unique marine environment will soon be more accessible to the wider community thanks to a world class multi-sport facility planned for The Landing in Okahu Bay.
Named the Akarana Marine Sports Centre, the facility will be based on the edge of Auckland’s waterfront at the site of the existing Royal Akarana Yacht Club and will house facilities for a myriad of marine based sports.
“Our vision for the Akarana Marine Sports Centre is ‘Pathways to the Sea,’” says Mark Taylor, chairman of the Akarana Marine Sports Charitable Trust (AMSCT). “The purpose of the new building is to create a space, with opportunities and facilities for people of all ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds to have fun, grow and explore in and around our beautiful coastline.”
The construction of the new Center and the subsequent redevelopment of The Landing, will be a significant statement on the Auckland waterfront, enhancing the cultural and historical past of the area and attracting visitors from around Auckland, New Zealand and overseas.
“Akarana Marine Sports Center will be of a size and quality to justify its historic location and operationally smart to allow a vast array of activities to be hosted, supported and delivered to the local, regional, national and international community” says Taylor.
Already multiple schools, clubs and organisations are actively operating and participating on the site as well as an increased interaction and co-operation amongst all stakeholders and users on The Landing. The Akarana Marine Sport Center will bring a number of current users of The Landing under one roof and will enable the development of a separate Waka centre for Ngati Whatua Orakei who also have strong links with local primary and secondary schools.
As The Landing is the busiest public boat ramp in New Zealand, the new facility will also cater for a wide range of sailing and boating education with the aim to provide a safe and well informed family environment.
Whilst having a clear community focus, the Akarana Marine Sports Centre will also be the base for competitive water sports with academies for sailing, paddling and triathlon already established with the associated clubs.