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Auckland: Shakespear Regional Park closure

From 1 July to approximately mid December, most of Shakespear Regional Park will be closed to the public while a pest eradication programme is carried out behind the pest proof fence; to create an open and accessible wildlife sanctuary integrated with recreation and farming, similar to Tawharanui Regional Park.

Proposed man-made islands would take over Dunedin's main windsurfing area

The islands could be positioned to create a windbreak for rowers on one side of the harbour, and more windy areas for kite surfers, wind surfers and sailors in other parts of the harbour.

Nelson kitesurfers concerned about logs barging in

A plan to barge logs from Rabbit Island to Port Nelson has some major hurdles ahead if it is to get over the start line. Owner-manager of Kitesurf Nelson Shane Anderson said Blind Channel (the proposed route) represented about 80 per cent of the area allocated for use by kitesurfers. Not being able to use it would have a huge impact on the sport which recognised the channel as one of the best spots in New Zealand for kitesurfing.

YNZ Submissions on Aquaculture published

In Briefings newsletter around Christmas time we drew your attention to the matter of Aquaculture Legislation Amendment Bill (No 3) in front of parliament at the time, with public submissions due earlier this month. Yachting New Zealand’s concern is to protect New Zealand’s Coastal areas from being overrun by aquaculture which could potentially inhibit access to cruising and recreational waters enjoyed by generations of kiwi boaties and yachties.

Scott Park Launch Area ACCESS

Work, expected to take two years (pre-earthquake Sept 2010), has started on the Ferrymead Bridge, with contractor site access signs going up at the northern entrance to Scott Park, just below the bridge in the MPYC/MPBC car park. City Council Project Leader Peter Rivers says that the contractor requires access along the paper road beside the estuary to their site from the Northern entrance. So long as windsurfers do not block that access, they can continue to park and rig up at Scott park, although this doesn't preclude the contractor from restricting access at other times, but lets hope this is during the week.

Clean-Up the World Weekend 2010 - what does your sailing spot look like?

Fri 17 Sep 2010 - Sun 19 Sep 2010
Your place

In 2010, the Clean Up the World theme is “Communities caring for nature”. Participating groups will undertake activities such as protecting water sources, planting trees, reducing waste, education and awareness raising.

Clean Up the World partners with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to inspire and empower communities to "clean up, fix up and conserve their environment" by carrying out initiatives ranging from waste removal and tree planting to water and energy conservation projects.

UK windsurfers will map marine conservation zones - scope for a similar project in New Zealand?

Windsurfers are being asked to help in a project that uses an interactive map to record how British waters are used, in an effort to identify potential sites for Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs).

The Marine Conservation Zone Project is a partnership project working with people who use the sea for their livelihood or leisure to identify Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs).

Details of New Zealand National Ocean Water Sports Centre announced

Takapuna Beach was today confirmed as the venue for the National Ocean Water Sports Centre (NOWSC) by the Minister of Sport and Recreation the Hon. Murray McCully and North Shore City Mayor, Andrew Williams. Speaking at the nearby Takapuna Boating Club, the Minister confirmed that the $8million facility would cater for Sailing, Triathlon and Ocean Kayaking. The area is also used for a myriad of other ocean sports including ocean swimming, kite surfing, surfboats and surfing.

Details on new National Ocean Sports Centre at Takapuna on Monday afternoon

The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Murray McCully will outline the details on a new National Ocean Sports Centre on Monday afternoon. Today the NZ Prime Minister, John Key, announced a raft of Government spending initiatives on High Performance Sport, this morning at the Millennium Centre, on Auckland's North Shore.

Updates from YNZ - Aquaculture in New Zealand, Foreshore and Seabed Act

Yachting New Zealand is currently working to represent the best interests of yachties and boaties as the Government reviews New Zealand’s Aquaculture policy (Windsurfing NZ also made submissions). Des Brennan, Chief Executive updates us with the latest....

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