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Dog exercise area proposed for popular windsurfing & kiteboarding location

Popular sailing spot in a southerly is about to have a fenced dog exercise area attached to it without consultation. The area in McEwan Park, Petone is one of the most popular locations for beginner/recreational windsurfing and kiteboarding in Wellington, and one of the few locations sailable in a southerly wind.
Users of this area know that people exercising dogs in this area are already a problem with little respect for the other users. The council is planning to fence off a grassed area used for rigging , launching and practising kite flying. The area will attract many more dog owners, creating parking problems in a location which is already used to capacity on a good day. Besides the windsports users the area is used by numerous others for sports activities.

Wellington Harbour consultations - Airport extension and Container ship access dredging

Just a heads up - Centre Port started a consultation process and will be releasing details on Thursday. The proposal includes dredging around Aotea Wharf, and deepening of the entrance to Wellington to allow larger container ships to dock.
The first pre-consultation meeting was last night in Eastbourne. Why? Because possibly the most dramatic impact will be the effect on surf conditions along the Eastern Bays, potentially by 80% (reduction)! There will also be changes on the Seatoun side.

Christchurch Estuary Survey

The Christchurch City Council is currently reviewing provision for public participation in recreation and sport at the Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai. As part of this process it is requested that anyone that may have done any windsport on the Estuary complete a survey to understand use of the Estuary.
The survey can be accessed via the link below:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EstuaryWindsportReview
If the link is not working for any reason, please try copying the address above and pasting it into the address field on a web page.

Help us shape the future of Whitireia Park

Over the next couple of months we are asking for comments that will help us to develop a new management plan for Whitireia Park.

Located in the Porirua Basin, Whitireia Park is a prominent headland with amazing views for those who walk, bike, rock climb, play golf take a picnic, swim at the Park or even live nearby. It is similar to other regional parks in that it is much larger than city parks and offers adventure in an unmanicured environment. It's home to some unique plants and there are a number of restoration efforts underway. Not to mention, it has a long Maori history dating back to Kupe's canoe anchoring here and in more recent years home to Ngati Toa.

What goes in our oceans ends up in our food - infographic

6.5million tons of rubbish goes into the Pacific Ocean each year. A lot of that ends up in the food chain and finally in the 16kg (average) of fish we eat each year. Check out the infographic ...

Survey - recreational users of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai (it's only a few minutes of your time)

What's in the water ? Lincoln University is undertaking a survey of recreational users of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai.
We’d like you to tell us what you think and know about water quality, and how it affects your recreational activity.
We’d appreciate your contribution to our survey. Take part in the survey (5-8 minutes)
This research has been reviewed and approved by the Lincoln University Human Ethics Committee.
For any further information contact:
Dr Ronlyn Duncan: Ronlyn.Duncan@lincoln.ac.nz, Tel: 325 3838 Ext: 8105
http://www.lincoln.ac.nz/waterquality

YNZ survey - results show a lot of room for windsurfing development

Results of Yachting NZ biannual survey have been published. WNZ managed to get one question on windsurfing included and the results show significant potential for development. Total membership is down, but many those that run Learn to sail programmes have gained new members, and with only 2 out of 85 clubs that responded offering windsurfing there's plenty of scope to use windsurfing to grow membership. Read on for more details and to download the full survey results.

Actions and Advice on Aquaculture

Yachting New Zealand has received a lot of feedback from our recent position paper on aquaculture. It is great that while publicising the issues and our position on this subject that we are also raising awareness.

YNZ encourage clubs to get in contact with their regional council to see how they can have input in to the process. This could be done in a number of ways including suggesting changes to the Regional Coastal Plan, being added to the Interested Parties list for new applications, or making submissions on applications in your area.

What's in the water? A survey of recreational users of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai

You are invited to participate in the project by completing this electronic questionnaire.
The aim of the project is to take a snapshot of the following-
What do recreational users (e.g. wind surfers, walkers, shell fish collectors) of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai know about microbiological water pollution
What factors influence their decisions about water quality to undertake recreational activity
To what extent do recreationists utilise information provided by sources such as the regional council and recreation clubs.
As a recreational user of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai (the Estuary) over the age of 16 years, participation in this project will involve the completion of this online survey that should not take any longer than 10-15 minutes.
More details and survey

Yachting New Zealand on Aquaculture

Yachting New Zealand (YNZ) feels it is timely to reiterate its position on aquaculture development. This is due to the passing of the Aquaculture Legislation Amendment Bill earlier this year and the increasing number of significant new applications for marine farms being made which are causing serious concern.

Yachting New Zealand seeks to ensure that:
Aquaculture development takes place in areas where there will be no adverse effect on the community’s access to the coastal marine area (CMA) for recreational use.

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