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Written by Simon O'Rourke, NZ Herald   
Thursday, 03 January 2008

Paul Shanks says the marina will adversely affect the famous Whanga Bar. Photo / Herald on Sunday

Minor skirmishes are still taking place between local iwi, surfers and boaties over plans for a plush new marina at Whangamata.

Twelve months after the Whangamata Marina Society won a long and hard-fought battle to secure resource consent, self-appointed watchdogs and critics of the marina have forced Trade Me to shut down nine advertised auctions for marina berths, each priced at between $175,000 and $250,000.

That is because the berths do not exist, as construction of the marina has not started.

Whangamata Marina Society president Mick Kelly would not reveal the original price people had paid for the right to a berth, but all 205 had been sold "years ago."

Demand for a spot at the marina was hot.

"There are 35 people on a waiting list, and there's another 32 people waiting to get on the waiting list," Mr Kelly said.

Plans show a marina building that will be significantly bigger than the provisions set down in consent conditions

He was aware that some parties had attempted to sell their berths on Trade Me. The project has been delayed may times but tenders for seafloor dredging and construction of the channel's rock wall closed before Christmas and the winning firm should be announced early this year.

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