Eying boatie wellbeing

LETTER

It’s good to read that Eastland Community Trust’s ability to distribute money is climbing, with equity now of $333.4 million and a plan to distribute $120m over the next five or six years to enhance our community’s “well-being”.

Perhaps ECT should be looking to help a sector that has become deprived of what we had in the past and was intended for us exclusively at the inner harbour ramp.

Boaties of all descriptions — fishing boats, dive boats with tanks and gear, yachts, canoes and waka — have been forgotten about when it comes to being able to launch from a satisfactory ramp area. We also need a small wharf for loading crew and gear on and off the boats.

The problem is all these boats have long trailers that are attached to trucks and cars, and space for parking has disappeared in the inner harbour area — unless it is a non-working day and there are no tourist visits, including the Wa165 train.

Ramp users are forced to get there before the birds wake up, which is not great for us oldies who have endless pills to digest with a proper breakfast!

We do note the improved parking spaces in the inner harbour area lately, but office workers take them!

Boating is huge here in Tairawhiti. It is special to have the ocean close to our city. Kaimoana is special, rewarding to catch and better for our health than pies and chips!

On behalf of so many people who love and use our ocean, is it fair to ask ECT if they could pour a decent slab of concrete and allocate proper parking for us all at Kaiti Beach, where the yacht club is? If it takes joining the club, its membership growth would be phenomenal.

Alain Jorion

It’s good to read that Eastland Community Trust’s ability to distribute money is climbing, with equity now of $333.4 million and a plan to distribute $120m over the next five or six years to enhance our community’s “well-being”.

Perhaps ECT should be looking to help a sector that has become deprived of what we had in the past and was intended for us exclusively at the inner harbour ramp.

Boaties of all descriptions — fishing boats, dive boats with tanks and gear, yachts, canoes and waka — have been forgotten about when it comes to being able to launch from a satisfactory ramp area. We also need a small wharf for loading crew and gear on and off the boats.

The problem is all these boats have long trailers that are attached to trucks and cars, and space for parking has disappeared in the inner harbour area — unless it is a non-working day and there are no tourist visits, including the Wa165 train.

Ramp users are forced to get there before the birds wake up, which is not great for us oldies who have endless pills to digest with a proper breakfast!

We do note the improved parking spaces in the inner harbour area lately, but office workers take them!

Boating is huge here in Tairawhiti. It is special to have the ocean close to our city. Kaimoana is special, rewarding to catch and better for our health than pies and chips!

On behalf of so many people who love and use our ocean, is it fair to ask ECT if they could pour a decent slab of concrete and allocate proper parking for us all at Kaiti Beach, where the yacht club is? If it takes joining the club, its membership growth would be phenomenal.

Alain Jorion

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Phil Hunt, Picton - 3 months ago
Alain, see my ideas about re-purposing the port and railing logs to Napier. Boaties would have a bigger marina, and would be able to utilise the area at the town end of the wharf to park their trailers.
It's a no-brainer, but certain interests would not entertain it!

winston moreton - 3 months ago
"Is it fair" are not words I would apply to ECT in any context. Mr Jorion identifies the problem, at the small boat harbour, and the cause very well in three short sentences when he says; "The problem is all these boats have long trailers that are attached to trucks and cars, and space for parking has disappeared in the inner harbour area - unless it is a non-working day and there are no tourist visits, including the Wa165 train.

"Ramp users are forced to get there before the birds wake up, which is not great for us oldies who have endless pills to digest with a proper breakfast!
We do note the improved parking spaces in the inner harbour area lately, but office workers take them!"

He then, either mischievously or misguidedly, rewards the perps (Eastland Port/ECT) with a solution by suggesting they (use our electricity trust funds) to lay a slab of concrete at Kaiti Beach! Better Mr J that the perps fix the protected Cone of Vision from the Landing Place and stop filling up the port with inappropriate (offices and shops) development.

Mike Beale - 3 months ago
As one of many boaties and fishos that love to use the ocean I totally agree with Alain on the unsatisfactory boat ramp and surrounding inner harbour area. WHEN and not if the rail is reopened I can see trains as long as a politician's tongue blocking the access to the boat ramp and anything on the town side of the rail line, therefore it is a no-brainer to build a sheltered ramp at Kaiti Beach for the boating public of Gisborne. As Alain says, the yacht club's membership would grow and they could only be happy about that. If you want the logging trucks out of the town area, railing logs to the port and to Napier when Gisborne can't cope (and that's happening a bit lately by truck) from an inland rail yard is another no-brainer. It just means the boffins who make the decisions have built an inner harbour wonderland that we won't be able to get to and that's what not thinking ahead gets you.

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