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Boat club wants to become its own landlord

Oct 12th, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, Sport


PLIMMERTON Boating Club  wants to be owner not tenant of its clubhouse (above) on Karehana Bay, Porirua.

Ideally, the land it’s leasing there would be swapped with two unused sections of land the club does own, says club commodore Anton Sutorius (right).

But it is a much bigger issue than that, he says.

With approval needed from local iwi, the Ministry for the Environment, and the Department of Conservation, the discussion on whether the club will gain ownership of the land has yet to be extended to all parties or the general public.

For the past few months, the club – sited along Karehana Bay in Porirua – has been in discussion with the council over the suggested land swap.

The club, which has been there since the 1920s, wishes to own the main site because of concerns about tenure arrangements.

Mr Sutorius says that since the land is owned by Porirua City Council, the club is limited in what it can do.

A council report says limitations include commercial activities and operating activities at a higher level than that allowed for a sports club under liquor licensing rules.

Mr Sutorius says on the negative side, there would always be the chance the club might not gain the lease back at renewal time (every 30 years).

One section the club wants to get rid of, opposite Airlie Rd, has part of a council toilet building on it. The second section is a small car park/picnic area towards Karehana Bay.

In exchange, the boating club is asking for the land in which the clubhouse is situated, along with a boatyard and car park.

JennyBrashMAINFormer Porirua mayor Jenny Brash (left) says although there is a lot of discussion yet to happen with the Minister of Conservation, Kate Wilkinson,  Porirua City Council endorsed the agreement and would continue to support the boating club.

They wanted to assist the club  because of long-standing contributions made by the boating club.

Discussions about the land swap are still under way as council officers and the boating club review ideas.

“It’s not simple,” says Ms Brash. “Some of it’s reclaimed land, so it needs to be done carefully.”

The report to the council by resource planner for leisure assets Katie Brown, says council officers investigated the option of selling the entire reserve parcel to the club, but because it is reclaimed land it could revert back to the Crown under section 25 of the Reserves Act 1977.


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