The loss of the long-established ''log cabin'' from
Wanaka's waterfront would also mean losing the lake's ''de
facto lifeguard'', lawyer Graeme Todd told the draft Wanaka
lakefront reserves management plan hearing yesterday.
Mr Todd was representing Simon Stewart, of Lakeland
Adventures, which operates from the wooden building
(pictured) in the Roys Bay Reserve.
The draft plan contemplates the removal of the log cabin when
Lakeland's lease of the reserve land on which the building
sits expires in mid-2017. The log cabin was the ''focal
point'' of Mr Stewart's business, which regularly helped the
community by providing lake search and rescue support,
rescuing boats in difficulty and responding to several
The building and business also facilitated recreational
access to the lake which was a key objective of the
management plan, Mr Todd said.
Mr Stewart said the log cabin was only 17 years old with a
building certificate for at least 50 years and the suggestion
to move it was ''nuts'' but he was not opposed to a possible
Others supporting retention of the log cabin included Loris
King. Wanaka River Journeys co-owner Brent Pihama favoured
its removal, while Chris and Rebecca Thornton, of Wanaka
Kayaks, suggested an upgrade was necessary.