Ngāti Manu oppose Ōpua Marina expansion

By Te Ao Māori News

A Ngāti Hine hapū is hoping to have a meeting with Far North Holdings over the proposed expansion of the Ōpua Marina.

Ngāti Manu opposes the estimated $12 million project, which has been given the go ahead after a panel of commissioners granted their proposal.  Hapū spokesperson Arapeta Hamilton is hoping to clear the air.

Ngāti Manu continue to object the Far North Holdings project to expand another hectare over the marina.  They'll add another 170 berths.

The Taumarere River is sacred to iwi locals.

Northland Regional Council met with Ngāti Manu and there wasn't a great outcome.

The marina was built 12 years ago, 460 cruisers arrived at Ōpua to clear customs each year and there's not enough space for them to stop.  The major concern for Ngāti Manu is the pollution that spread throughout the Taumarere River.

The hearings in Waitangi in August drew three days of sometimes fiery submissions calling for the expansion to be refused.

Decisions of when developments will begin in Ōpua is still yet to be made.