Mangere All Tide Boat Ramp

Date: 10/04/2016

Overview

Auckland Council has spent $3.1m of ratepayers funds to increase the old boat ramp from 1 to 2 lanes and at low tide the new ramp is not useable because of sediment accumulation  (some 800mm). The community including the Coast Guard has not received an “All Tide Boat Ramp” facility.

This ramp was originally designed to provide an all tide rescue facility at Onehunga primarily for Coast Guard to service the harbour from Cornwallis to Onehunga now the facility cannot be used at low tide.

Complaints are also coming in from the community re the new 'all tide boat ramp' at Mangere Bridge.  Auckland Council were told of the sediment build up just after the ramps opening and they advised that they had a cleaning regime in place with their contractor. With this not happening on a regular basis, Bill Kirk, a local resident has taken matters into his own hands and built a boat ramp cleaning machine called 'The Gismo'.

To view the VIDEO of Bill Kirk & his Gismo in action Click HERE

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All-tide ramp ready

It's taken seven years of planning, controversy and several setbacks but the new Mangere Bridge boat ramp is finally open for public use.

The ramp at the end of Coronation Rd by the old Mangere Bridge was blessed by kaumatua on Tuesday morning and officially opened by Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board chairwoman Lydia Sosene.

The only all-tide boat ramp in the area was closed in April last year while the $2.7 million Auckland Council project to replace it was under way.

The closure caused controversy among boaties and residents who argued all-tide emergency vessel access was desperately needed to the often dangerous harbour.

The new ramp is the culmination of years of wrangling and countless hours of investigations, consultations and modifications.

Board deputy chairwoman Carrol Elliott says the board is thrilled to bits with it.

"We now have a really high-class, well-designed all-weather boat ramp," she says.

Read the full article  HERE