The Wanaka Rowing Club's long-running quest for a suitable
waterside site for its proposed boat shed is on hold until
after the rowing season, committee member Nick Blennerhassett
At a recent committee meeting, the club resolved to delay
further investigation of its boat-shed options until March or
April, when the season wraps up.
In April, the Wanaka Community Board backed the club's latest
bid to build a boat shed near Morrows Mead, a site first
investigated in 2009. However, concerns lingered, both from a
public and a club point of view, about the lack of vehicle
access to the site.
''We need access all the way to the boat shed, really,'' Ms
''There's still a mixed opinion [within the club] about
Morrows Mead ... the western shore of the lake is where we'd
like to be and we just have to really think through the
options of which site we want to be on and what's going to
The club's battle to find a shed site next to the lake,
to replace its rented shed at the Upper Clutha showgrounds,
has been well-publicised since plans were released more than
two years ago for a preferred site on the shores of Roys Bay,
about 100m beyond the start of the Millennium Track.
The club later withdrew an application for a lease over a
site next to Stoney Creek, because of objections from
neighbours. Plans to build at Eely Point were then abandoned
because of safety concerns over lake user conflicts and the
club set its sights back on the western shore.