Te Ana Marina official opening
Te Ana Marina has officially opened, and is the Port’s first step towards regenerating the Inner Harbour as a vibrant community-focused destination, with direct connections to Lyttelton township.
16 oct 2018
TE ANA MARINA BREATHES LIFE BACK INTO CANTERBURY BOATING AND OPENS UP WATERFRONT
Today Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) officially opened Te Ana Marina. LPC Chief Executive Peter Davie says the Marina is the Port’s first step towards regenerating the Inner Harbour as a vibrant community-focused destination, with direct connections to Lyttelton township.
LPC owns and operates the Marina and associated facilities. The Marina has 170 berths for yachts and powerboats, with more than 140 already leased. It also includes a safe, waterfront promenade and The Woolstore, which accommodates the Marina’s administration offices, berth-holder amenities and public washroom facilities.
The Woolstore, which has been beautifully refurbished, also has 720 square metres of ground floor space available for retail and commercial development.
Speaking at the Marina opening Peter Davie said he was pleased to announce that an outline for the proposed lease and sale of The Woolstore is progressing with an experienced and innovative local developer. He said the Port would be making an announcement soon that would further enhance the marina area.
Lyttelton Harbour Business Association Chairman Rob De Thier says, “Te Ana Marina will have a positive impact on Lyttelton’s economy. It’s a great resource that beautifies the whole area.
“We want to ensure there is a strong connection between the business community in Lyttelton and Te Ana Marina. The Port has always been very supportive of this vision and we look forward to continuing our work with LPC to ensure this eventuates,” says Mr De Thier.
Local boat and yacht owners are giving credit to Te Ana Marina for creating a new energy in the Harbour, which is bringing a lot of boaties back to Canterbury.
Yachtie and live-on boat owner Mark Johnson can see first-hand how the atmosphere of Lyttelton has changed since the Marina was built.
Mark has lived on his boat, Samovar, in Lyttelton Harbour for the past 16 years – and while he’d never change his life on a boat – he says he might find it hard to go back to life before Te Ana Marina was built.
It was only a few short months ago that Mark would get off his boat, into his dinghy, and head to shore to start his day.
“Rowing to work in the morning, especially on cold, wet, damp and dark days, was a big effort, particularly with no power on board,” says Mark.
That seems to be a world away for Mark now who’s enjoying not only the amenities Te Ana has – including power – but a new energy that is encompassing the Marina.
“People sailing from across the world aren’t bypassing us anymore, they’re visiting the region.”
Te Ana Marina Business Manager Matt Blythe says, “What is really pleasing is the amount of people who are popping down to the Marina to look at the boats and just walk around. Once The Woolstore is tenanted the area will become even more vibrant and will be a fantastic place with public access to the waterfront.”
Meanwhile, Matt Oborn, owner of Oborn’s Nautical, says LPC deserves a pat on the back for pushing this project and delivering an incredible outcome.
“This wouldn’t be here without LPC, and it has definitely brought a positive feel to boating in Canterbury. On top of that, we now have this beautiful marina we’re proud to show to international boaties,” says Matt.
Cantabrian Jack Gallagher, who owns the launch La Diva, says he’s been looking forward to a marina in the Inner Harbour for years after mooring his boat in the Marlborough Sounds.
“Boaties in Christchurch have been waiting a long time for Te Ana Marina,” says Jack.
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Erin Jamieson | Interim Communications Team | Lyttelton Port Company
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