Marina community day set for end of November

Sailing sessions, a fishing competition and go-carts are part of what’s on offer for children at this year’s Bay of Islands Marina Trade and Community Day on Saturday 26 November. For the grown-ups there are some serious savings on stuff for the boat, treasures for the taking in a Rotary car boot sale and the chance to win a free 12-month mooring at Bay of Islands Marina.

The family-focussed fun day is held each year at the marina in Opua. This year organisers hope Bay of Islands residents will take the opportunity to take a peek at the expansion work happening there and the development of the new recreational waterfront being built with families in mind.

“It’s all still very much a work in progress but it should give people a good idea of what the end product will look like,” said Bay of Islands Marina manager Jason Chubb.

Proceedings kick off at 10am and wrap up at 1.30pm with a prize-giving ceremony. Opua Store and the Opua Cruising Club will be selling food and drink.

The event is the culmination of the 10-day All Points Rally, a gathering of yachties from around the Pacific featuring social events, seminars and activities designed to promote the Far North as a sailing and holiday destination.

“We hope people will wander on down to look at what’s on offer and to bask in the vibe of the thing,” Mr Chubb said. “It’s always a fun few hours out with the family; local businesses and service providers do a great job of making sure there’s always something of interest for everyone.”

Stall-holders include Bay of Islands Marina, Bay of Islands Coastguard Bay of Islands Marine Centre, Bay of Islands Boatyard & Marine Painters, Bluefix Marine, Burnsco, Doyle Sails, Garhauer Marine, NZ Stainless, Opua Canvas, Opua Store, Project Island Song, Seapower, 36 Degree yacht brokers, Trans Marine Pro, Marine Electrics and some of the Paihia market stall holders.


About Far North Holdings Ltd

Far North Holdings Limited (FNHL) is responsible for managing and operating the commercial activities of the Far North District Council. These include Port Opua, Bay of Islands Marina, Kaitaia and Bay of Islands Airports, Paihia Maritime Buildings and Paihia Wharf, Williams Road Car Park and the Kaitaia Education Campus.

Since 2005 all of FNHL’s trading surplus has either been distributed to the Far North District Council or reinvested in property and infrastructure within the Far North District. The Far North District Council estimates that without this financial contribution

general rates would have been approximately four percent a year higher, each year, over this period.

FNHL’s mandate includes the support and development of economic activity in the Far North.


For more information please contact:
Peter Heath, Due North Public Relations / 021-456089