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Blue Flag renewed

Blue Flag renewed

13/10/2016

Westhaven has secured a significant environmental accreditation for the eleventh year in a row. The prestigious international Blue Flag program is recognised in 49 countries and celebrates commitment to the coastal environment. 

“As boaties and as custodians of Westhaven for future generations, water quality is everything to us,” says General Manager of Marinas for Panuku Development Auckland, Tom Warren.

Westhaven has secured a significant environmental accreditation for the eleventh year in a row. 

The prestigious international Blue Flag program is recognised in 49 countries and celebrates commitment to the coastal environment. 

“As boaties and as custodians of Westhaven for future generations, water quality is everything to us,” says General Manager of Marinas for Panuku Development Auckland, Tom Warren.

The marina has demonstrated a long term commitment to improving water quality through its processes and policies around maintenance and boat care, but has recently stepped up significantly. 

This includes education programs for boat owners, a robust program of water testing to identify and isolate bacteria and toxins, seeking solutions to marine pests such as Mediterranean Fanworm which are established in Auckland, providing numerous and convenient pump-out facilities for sewerage in the marina, and developing innovative long term solutions to reduce maintenance and increase life span of marine infrastructure. 

Westhaven’s carparks also host a number of devices that filter and reduce the amount of unwanted substances entering the water. Working with Iwi has been an opportunity to highlight opportunities to improve water quality and integrate these improvements into projects under development, including the creation of a new headland associated with the Pile Berth Redevelopment Project. 

Westhaven is one of three marinas owned by Panuku Development Auckland on behalf of all Aucklanders, and is also a member of the Clean Marinas Program.

“We have a long term commitment to water quality and we are focused on creating a maintaining a marina with a bright future in every way,” says Tom Warren.