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Survey seeks opinions on Motueka-Whanganui ferry project

April 21st, 2017
[by David Armstrong]

Motueka people have the opportunity to give their opinions on the proposed ferry linking Whanganui with Motueka through an online survey.

Vision Motueka, which is supporting the early work on the proposal at this end of the ferry service, has created an eight-question survey using Survey Monkey and is encouraging people to express their opinions and give their reasons for and against the proposal.

The survey can be found at this Internet address:

Midwest Ferry, based in Whanganui, believes a regular ferry service linking the two ports would be a viable and economically advantageous alternative to the present Wellington - Picton service. (See our earlier story.)

They say it would provide a shorter route for most interisland transport services and the opportunity for tourists to travel between the islands using two separate routes, in effect making a loop.

The Motueka end of the service would operate from new berthing facilities that would be built at Port Motueka and would involve dredging and land reclamation in the area.

At present a professional, independent feasibility study is being prepared by Midwest Ferry to look at the business case and environmental issues.

If this results in a positive outcome, work will then commence on detailed planning, community consultation and gaining commercial backing.

Gail Jewell, a Vision Motueka trustee who is helping the Whanganui firm from this end of the project, is encouraging as many people as possible to register their opinions using the survey.

"It takes less than five minutes to complete, and allows you to say what you like about the idea, what concerns you may have, and how you think it would affect Motueka's economy," she says.

Comment by Miriam Gratton:
[Posted 22 April 2017]

This is a very positive step for Heavy Transport, bringing more tourists to both north and South Island. Providing more jobs, therefore increasing business trade for both Whanganui and motueka. It's a definite win win situation for everyone. Having been involved in heavy transport in both islands I am very much aware of all the positive benefits.

Comment by Janine Patu:
[Posted 22 April 2017]

Fully love the idea. Definite agree that both sides will benefit from it all.

Comment by Beth Bryant:
[Posted 25 April 2017]

We have been waiting to see the plans for this service for some time, but so far no plans are forthcoming. It is impossible to comment on this ferry service without seeing what is actually planned. We have already been asked to comment about Fearon's bush Top 10 holiday park with council refusing to allow us to see the lease. Here is another similar example of being asked to comment on something with no plans given for us to comment on! Who knows what changes it will make to our town and estuary... Please let us see the plans first!

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