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Marina simply the best

Posted at 5:48pm Wednesday 18 Nov, 2020

Tony Sparks, left, and Mike Keown, of Gulf Harbour Marina with Bianca Cook of NZ Ocean Racing.

Gulf Harbour Marina was named Marina of the Year last month by the NZ Marina Operators Association. Its annual awards recognise the nation's best marinas and boatyards. 

Judges say that the marina, which is the largest privately-owned marina in the country, is a credit to its management team.

“Gulf Harbour Marina has a diverse offering, well managed, and they make great use of what they have. Other private marinas could strive to emulate their model,” said the judging panel.

Westhaven Marina was highly commended for operating its marina successfully in a challenging environment and also won the Outstanding Initiative prize for its Load ‘n' Go berth – seen as an example of planning ahead for the America's Cup.

The boatyard at Whangamata Marina was named Boatyard of the Year and also received the Best Environmental Performance Award.

The Outstanding Individual Contribution Award went to Panuku Development Auckland's marinas general manager, Kevin Lidgard.

The judges were Des Brennan, former chief executive of Yachting NZ; Boating NZ editor Lawrence Schaffler; Publishing Editor of Pacific Powerboat Barry Thompson, and Sara Kulins who works to improve environmental outcomes for the sea and until recently lived aboard a vessel in Gulf Harbour.

Sara is working towards a Masters in Marine Biology.

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