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Watercare has announced a new wastewater tariff for all Auckland
businesses that will remove charging anomalies and bring greater
fairness to the region.
The new tariff – to be phased in over three years – will standardise the
cost of wastewater for Watercare’s 22,000 business and other non-
The 44 wastewater tariffs, currently paid by non-domestic users, were
set by the former councils which each approached charging differently.
As a result, the cost of wastewater varies, depending on where in
Auckland a business or organisation is located.
Standardising the wastewater tariff will affect all of Watercare’s non-
domestic customers; some businesses will pay less than they did
previously and others will pay more.
Watercare will be supporting its customers through this transition,
a change that will be significant for some organisations.
Standardising the wastewater tariff is not intended to generate
additional revenue for Watercare; instead it addresses an important
issue of equity in the interests of Auckland business.
For more information about the new non-domestic wastewater tariff,
go to www.watercare.co.nz
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Fairer WasteWater Charges For
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Great summer not good for marinas
By JESS LEE
Plain sailing?: Waterfront Auckland is hoping for superyacht occupancy at its Silo and Viaduct marinas to improve this winter after a dry summer run.
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
A fine New Zealand summer may
have meant many boaties were far
too busy out on the water to dock
their superyachts at Wynyard
Quarter but Waterfront Auckland is
hoping a slow summer will trans-
late into a stream of winter activity.
The organisation reported a lower
than anticipated occupancy of
superyachts at both Silo and
Viaduct marinas for the last quarter
of 2012 in a report to Auckland
Council in April.
But Waterfront Auckland chief
executive John Dalzell says while
occupancy at the Viaduct remains
lower than hoped, Silo Marina is
currently operating at about the
level the organisation expects after
a dry summer season.
‘‘Because of the weather there
hasn’t been so many people in dock.
You never quite know what’s going
to happen but it’s not inconceivable
that we might have a busy winter.
‘‘The maintenance still needs to
be done and the fact is that the
boats have been out so they’ve got to
do it sometime, so logically we think
it’s going to be a slightly busier
winter than last year.’’
Both marinas specialise in accom-
modating superyachts. Silo Marina
has eight berths up to 116 metres
long with full servicing and fuelling
facilities while Viaduct Marina has
50 berths between 20 and 55m.
Improvements to the Viaduct’s
outer berths and wave retention are
vital to attracting more boaties to
the marina, Mr Dalzell says.
Construction of two 90m pontoons
as part of Waterfront Auckland’s
superyacht refit and commissioning
marina extension is hoped to give
Auckland the ability to maintain a
foothold in the $90 billion global
superyacht refit industry. Plans for
a 20-hectare marine industrial site
in Hobsonville, called Yard 37, were
given a second chance by Auckland
Council’s strategy and finance com-
mittee on May 1.
Auckland Council Property Lim-
ited conducted a review when Yard
37 failed to generate the necessary
Three significant land sales had
to be received before March 31 for
the project to get the green light but
only one was secured. If three sales
can be reached by the time the uni-
tary plan takes effect, which is
expected to be in 2016, the area will
become a mix of 10ha of industrial
and 10ha of residential housing.
There should be no direct effects
for Wynyard Quarter whether the
project is given the go ahead or not,
Mr Dalzell says.
‘‘We’ve still got the existing busi-
ness we’ve got here. It’s all about
the scale – if you were doing a major
refurbishment it would have been
easier to go up there but equally if
you’re just doing internal work then
it’s quite easy to do the work down
here and it’s a lot more convenient
because it’s more central,’’ Mr
New Zealand Marine Industry
Association executive director Peter
Busfield says the marine industry
has recovered well from the finan-
cial crisis and this should continue
to be reflected in superyacht occu-
On May 7, Mr Dalzell and mayor
Len Brown unveiled plans to
develop a 28,000 square metre block
of land in Wynyard Quarter into a
new family-friendly suburb com-
plete with a five-star hotel on the
site of the Team New Zealand yacht
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