Marineland fans vow to keep up fight

By Roger Moroney

2 comments
Marineland supporters are determined to get the council on their side to save the park.
Marineland supporters are determined to get the council on their side to save the park.

Young supporters of Marineland have vowed to continue their mission of getting the Napier City Council to have a "change of heart" over the future of the facility after a blessing of the remaining animals last week.

The Marineland Rangers staged a beach clean-up afternoon last Wednesday and drew about 50 people, including the Reverend Leo Te Kira from St Augustine's Anglican Church, who spoke to the group and blessed the animals inside.

He explained to the gathering that their beach work, and placement of woven flax hearts around the walls, coincided closely to St Francis' Day.

Reverend Te Kira said the idea of having a public centre for the "precious marine creatures" was one that needed to be carefully considered.

He then blessed the last of the animals remaining - five New Zealand fur seals, an Antarctic fur seal and two Californian sea lions. "It was quite moving," said Elaine Beech of Napier.

"These kids have done so much to try and save Marineland and the animals and they're not giving up. Good on them," she said, before setting off with her grand-daughters to take part in the beach clean-up in the immediate area of Marineland.

Among the volunteers were a group of people visiting from Auckland who stopped to see what was going on and joined in.

The council is planning to revamp the site into an upgraded skatebowl and scootering adventure centre, effectively a relocation of the present Sk8 Zone.

The remaining animals would be relocated to marine zoos and parks in Australia.

Leader of the Marineland Rangers, Brianna Otto, said the group would continue to stage beach clean-up days.

They collected a dozen buckets and bags of rubbish, mainly cans, bottles, broken glass and plastic items.

"We keep hoping and praying that the council has a change of heart," she said. "If they saw how many people stop and get excited looking through the fence at the animals they might just realise the potential of the place."

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

Have your say

We aim to have healthy debate. But we won't publish comments that abuse others. View commenting guidelines.

1200 characters left

Sort by
  • Oldest

© Copyright 2014, APN New Zealand Limited

Assembled by: (static) on red akl_n3 at 28 Aug 2014 19:07:09 Processing Time: 466ms