Gulf Harbour Awarded Top Kiwi Marina

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Gulf Harbour Marina

Gulf Harbour Marina in Auckland has been named the NZMOA Marina of the Year. 

The New Zealand Marina Operators Association (NZMOA) has recognised New Zealand’s very best marinas and boatyards for 2020. Gulf Harbour Marina in Auckland has been named the NZMOA Marina of the Year. 

Judges say that the marina, which is based a short drive north of Auckland, and the largest privately-owned marina in New Zealand, is a real credit to its management team. 

“Gulf Harbour Marina has a diverse offering, well managed, and they make great use of what they have. Other private marinas could strive to emulate their model,” said the judging panel, 

Westhaven Marina was also highly commended by judges for operating a 1,800 berth marina very successfully in a challenging environment. “There are a large number of projects underway at Westhaven that are very disruptive, and it’s remarkable what this team has achieved,” said the panel. 

“They have high levels of customer satisfaction, and their team approach is a strength.” 

The boatyard at Whangamata Marina was named NZMOA Boatyard of the Year. The operation in the small holiday town of Whangamata is highly regarded within the industry and run by a very well organised small team who show great attention to detail with regards to health and safety compliance and environmental impacts. 

Whangamata Marina

Whangamata Marina also received the NZMOA Best Environmental Performance Award. Its wastewater treatment system, a significant investment for a small, privately owned operation, is a demonstration of the operation’s long-term environmental commitment, as is its participation in the Clean Marinas programme.

Gisborne Inner Harbour Marina was also commended by judges in this category, who said that an impressive amount of work had been done towards improving environmental outcomes through this highly local 46 berth marina. 

Westhaven Marina took the Outstanding Initiative Award for its Load’ n’Go berth. A berth for commercial operators to load and unload passengers, the facility was praised as an example of a marina team thinking on its feet to plan for America’s Cup.

Westhaven Marina

The Nylonut system, developed by Darcy Blackmore, was also acknowledged in this category by judges as a deceptively simple innovation that has the potential to benefit the wider marina industry both here and abroad. 

The 2020 Outstanding Individual Contribution Award was presented to Kevin Lidgard. Kevin is currently General Manager of Marinas at Panuku Development Auckland. He is a long standing member of the marina and boatyard industry who collaborates for the good of the industry, shares knowledge and contributes extensively.  

Organised by the New Zealand Marina Operators Association, the awards were established to recognise and celebrate excellent practice in the marinas industry. 

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