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Controversial NZ Marina Given Govt Blessing At Opening

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

27 November 2009


Seventeen years after the plans were first drafted, the controversial Whangamata Marina in New Zealand has finally been opened by the Prime Minister, John Key, who has endorsed the creation of more such marinas.

The 205-berth marina went ahead despite fierce opposition from environmentalists, who feared the destruction of various marine habitats, and from surfers. Indeed, the construction of the marina had even caused divisions between ministers in the previous Labour government.

Opening the marina, Key expressed his support for future marina development projects, stating that it "sends a strong signal that New Zealand is a country for progress."

The government argues that marinas such as these will help increase real estate values and have a positive impact on communities.


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