A competing enterprise

LETTER

Re: An $8m vote of confidence in region’s tourism prospects, July 5 editorial.

So now we know why the council transferred Waikanae park, a community asset, over to GHL. To set it up with $8 million of what is basically community money into a competing enterprise with hard-working local moteliers.

We have plenty of under-used upmarket accommodation options here already. This is a cheaper, camping-option holiday park that basically is poorly functioning on only six to eight weeks full occupancy a year. I don’t think this is a good financial decision at all.

Why don’t GHL invest in a permanent mobile home or tiny home park instead, with good infrastructure for the struggling and homeless? This would bring in year-round rental — a better investment by far and more socially responsible. These initiatives have proven to be successful and popular overseas if well run, and don’t result in squalid slums. Research they say indicates campers want sea views and a pool. If they want sea views tell them to stand up, or if they want a pool next to the gorgeous beach go to Waterworld instead.

J.M. Anderson

Footnote from Waikanae Beach Top 10 Holiday Park manager Matt Moore:

Jocelyn, thank you for your comments as it gave me the opportunity to really think about the points you made.

Waikanae Beach Top 10 Holiday Park is a year-round operation that employs 20 staff. Some of the team have been working here for more than 30 years.

There is a shortage of accommodation options in Gisborne and the problem has been getting worse over the past five years.

Tourism is going from strength to strength in New Zealand and all indications suggest this trend will continue. Being part of the Top 10 group, with its 60,000 members, gives Gisborne massive exposure to international and domestic markets which benefits the wider region. The guests who stay at Waikanae Beach Top 10 Holiday Park contribute more than $6 million a year into Gisborne’s economy.

Re: An $8m vote of confidence in region’s tourism prospects, July 5 editorial.

So now we know why the council transferred Waikanae park, a community asset, over to GHL. To set it up with $8 million of what is basically community money into a competing enterprise with hard-working local moteliers.

We have plenty of under-used upmarket accommodation options here already. This is a cheaper, camping-option holiday park that basically is poorly functioning on only six to eight weeks full occupancy a year. I don’t think this is a good financial decision at all.

Why don’t GHL invest in a permanent mobile home or tiny home park instead, with good infrastructure for the struggling and homeless? This would bring in year-round rental — a better investment by far and more socially responsible. These initiatives have proven to be successful and popular overseas if well run, and don’t result in squalid slums. Research they say indicates campers want sea views and a pool. If they want sea views tell them to stand up, or if they want a pool next to the gorgeous beach go to Waterworld instead.

J.M. Anderson

Footnote from Waikanae Beach Top 10 Holiday Park manager Matt Moore:

Jocelyn, thank you for your comments as it gave me the opportunity to really think about the points you made.

Waikanae Beach Top 10 Holiday Park is a year-round operation that employs 20 staff. Some of the team have been working here for more than 30 years.

There is a shortage of accommodation options in Gisborne and the problem has been getting worse over the past five years.

Tourism is going from strength to strength in New Zealand and all indications suggest this trend will continue. Being part of the Top 10 group, with its 60,000 members, gives Gisborne massive exposure to international and domestic markets which benefits the wider region. The guests who stay at Waikanae Beach Top 10 Holiday Park contribute more than $6 million a year into Gisborne’s economy.

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