With all respect Andrew (and I do not know how long you have been there, but suspect it is well less than 6 years) I have been there, got the T-shirt and read the book.
It is worth noting here that the hub plans don't have any impact on the beach area, additionally the "mob" are not trying to keep the area and beach as a public asset, the camp ground site and Beach will always remain public assets, they are simply trying to keep a campground. A campground that is not considered within the Takapuna Beach Reserve Management Plan. The campground is not a public asset or freely accessible; it is a privately owned commercial business that has no lease or resource consent for buildings and that the public has to pay to access. If the Marine Hub was to go ahead as proposed, it would open more than 8000sqm of open green space and a fully accessible landscaped roof for the public to enjoy.
No, the statement regarding taxpayers dollars is not correct whatsoever.
With regards to Ketchup's comments. This link is to YNZ's Strategic Direction document, and as an organisation this is what we are working to, http://www.yachtingn...n_lores_fin.pdf. We spend a lot of time talking to clubs, both management and our regional staff are on the ground at events and at clubs, we are very open about discussing issues that people have with the sport or with what we are doing, there is also phone and email and we are happy for people to come and see us at our offices. To say that there are very few places to vent is simply not correct.
Participation and Development Manager
YNZ (and its local representatives) know the problems clubs face! They have known the issues for many years and they have not changed a lot.
What the real issue Is YNZ's lack of drive and commitment to resolving these matters.
They only commitment the "paid professionals", at YNZ have, is to throw the issues back at the "volunteers" / clubs organizing committees/hierarchy and say the problems/solutions are yours.
Where is the leadership from the "professional governing body", "the movers/shakers/influencers" and "holder of the financial purse strings"... namely YNZ, to drive the growth and sustainability of yacht clubs and sailing in NZ?
Where is the marketing philosophy/plan to drive young people into sailing nationwide?... if there is one then it is a failure by virtue of falling sailing numbers and reduced yacht club memberships.
Where is a support program For clubs, (especially outside of Auckland) that encompasses a fiscal/marketing plan That targets growth?
As Knot me has said... the emphasis appears to be in "Centres of extravagance" that aleinate the public away from the sport.
And i will add...a few cheap Volvos for the lads, and huge fiscal support for a few Olympic sailors and their support staff (who are all well off in their own right)
Answer me this Andrew...
How does a excellent sailor, with great ability, from out side of Auckland, and in a poor family, get to qualify for Olympic recognition if he/she cannot afford to campaign overseas? Let alone a trip to Auckland?....
How does such a sailor even get to challenge the current Olympic sailors if they cannot go overseas?...
And dont say - "go to the nationals"!... without overseas exposure these people will never develop thier best capabilities to challenge the current elite sailors and as such their talents will Never be realised.
And why would they even bother when the odds are so stacked against them!
Which is why most young sailors in move away from sailing! (Its to damn hard to get to the top! (Fiscally as well as the process/systems)
Finally, attitudes will change when YNZ is seen to be doing great things in promoting the sport at regional and club level and not at the elite/auckland end of the market.
yNZnid the governing body and ultimately responsible for the growth and sustainability of the sport. With current trends in the drop in sailing numbers, the demise of "national fleets, and the constant struggle of many yacht clubs, I would say that YNZ has dropped the ball and the past 10 years of change, promises, and expenditur, has seen no improvement in what should be its key objectives.
takapuna, elite sailing squads... are not priorities if the sport is dieing on the ground.
Numbers in equals number out... in other words promote to the "non elite" masses and the results and growth will happen.
For the record. I would rather comment here, for all to see, than through the "system" where nothing is "public" and issues can be swept away or ignored at a individual level (as has happened in the past.)
Thanks for reading.