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Duke Kahanahamoku – Our Nation Celebrating 100 years since.
“Where is this Honolulu Maori you call Hawaiian?” Are the words that paramount chief Tureiti Te Heuheu Tukino V of Ngati Tuwharetoa spoke as he made his way through the crowd seeking the Olympic gold medalist giving his surfing demonstration at Lyall Bay …
Proposed Airport Extension in Lyall Bay
Lyall Bay is a heritage site for New Zealand surfing, where in 1915 Hawaii’s Duke Kahanamoku demonstrated the sport of kings. 100 years on, what effects will the WIAL airport extension have on the Bay for surfing? Read our submission here …
Surfbreak legal protection and planning
New Zealand is recognised as the first country in the world to incorporate surfbreak preservation concepts within its legal and planning framework. The intention of this page is to discuss and link all available literature to do with surfbreaks in …
Aramoana – Whareakeake
19th December 2013 SPS is happy to have found mutual understanding with Port Otago Ltd and its shareholder Otago regional Council over the best practice to avoid adverse effects on Aramoana Spit and Whareakake surfbreaks from the depositing of dredge …
Auckland region (which is the consolidation of Auckland regional Council, Auckland City, North Shore City, Rodney City, Manukau City, etc) is looking to establish it’s long term Unitary Plan, of which the regions Coastal Plan will form part. Auckland region …
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Sep 30, 2016
SPS has put three questions to the 40 mayoral and council candidates regarding WIAL’s all out assault on the Corner surf break and whether or not they support WIAL seeking the Corner’s removal for the sake of their seawall and extension. The questions we put were:
1. WIAL are seeking to remove the Corner surf break from the proposed Natural Resources Plan so they can build a new seawall and promenade along Moa Point Rd. WIAL will need the support of WCC. If elected, will you support the removal of the Corner surf break for this project?
2.Do you think it for the public good that Lyall Bay should suffer degraded surfing conditions, the demise of the Corner and Airport Rights surf breaks, for the sake of an airport extension and new promenade?
3. Do you think WIAL should be obligated to rectify the damage to the Corner’s surfing wave quality, that they have caused over the last six to fifteen years?
So far we have had 13 candidates respond
If candidates do not respond by Sunday 1st of October SPS will take that as a “no comment”read article
Sep 24, 2016
DUDE! WHERES MY SURF BREAK?
– WIAL Telling Porkies –
A significant number of surfers are confused as to what WIAL is offering as mitigation to offset the impacts on Lyall Bay’s surf breaks,
Some surfers even think that WIAL will avoid any adverse effects on the Corner! Nothing could be further from the truth.
WIAL are embarking on a campaign to eliminate the the Corner surf break conclusively from any protection that the GWRC Proposed Natural Resources Plan offers, WIAL thinks this level of protection is unwarranted, and adverse effects on Lyall Bay’s surf breaks should only be managed as an amenity value, essentially removing any recognition of surf breaks as a finite resource from the discussion .
WIAL are even seeking to remove any controls over limiting the airport company’s ability to modify the Moa Point Rd Seawall, removing rules that would take into consideration impacts from seawall construction on our Corner surf break, as the airport company plans to build a new replacement seawall along Moa Point Rd.
WIAL simply want the Corner gone, and the Surfbreak Protection Society is the thin blue line that remains in their way.read article
Aug 7, 2016
Revelations emerged last week that Wellington International Airport Ltd (WIAL) has been responsible for alterations to the Moa Point Rd sea wall in Lyall Bay, Wellington. Michael Gunson, Research Officer at Surfbreak Protection Society (SPS) and long-time Wellington surfer, is asking why has the airport been in charge of developing the Moa Point Road sea wall, and not the Wellington City Council? The incremental creep of the sea wall has had a negative impact on Wellington’s premier Lyall Bay Corner surf break, WIAL are also applying for consents to build a 3 meter wide promenade the length of Moa Point Rd, as well as seeking the “Corner surf break’s deletion, from a GWRC schedule of regionally significant surf breaks.read article
Jul 30, 2016
The Corner surf break will be gone by Lunchtime, should the airport consent applications be successful. Points for your submission on the Proposed Wellington airport extension and Submerged Wave Focussing Structure can be found here as well as links to fill in your submission online. Wellington surfers must object to any further development of Moa Point Road Sea Wall to facilitate an extended promenade for cycling and walking, and overall sub standard mitigation for surfing that will not workread article
May 1, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:read article
Wgtn Airport Extension Project “A Leap Of Faith” For Lyall Bay’s Surfers
The Surfbreak Protection Society (SPS) is very concerned that Wellington International Airport Ltd is attempting to railroad through its runway extension by way of the Environment Court, as it has not yet made its arguments through articulated science-based debate.
In March, SPS questioned the sincerity of WIAL’s proposed mitigation of a swell focusing reef, while at the same time, the airport company were seeking the deletion of policies that protect surf breaks, by way of WIAL’s submission to the Greater Wellington Regional Councils Proposed Natural Resources Plan (PNRP).
Mar 16, 2016
WIAL is seeking the removal of Lyall Bay’s Corner surf break from the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s proposed schedule of protected surf breaks in its submission to The Proposed Natural Resources Plan (PNRP).read article
Not only that, WIAL are seeking deletion of the specific policy (Policy P51) that directs councils and developers to protect all of the Wellington Regional surf breaks as listed in Schedule K Significant Surf Breaks.