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A new Te Anau lakefront
accommodation complex is on
target for a September opening,
with bookings already coming in.
To be known simply as Marakura,
the 10-unit development is part
of the Te Anau Lakeview Holiday
Park and features four studios
and six two-bedroom motel-style
units, all commanding unique and
uninterrupted views across the
Owners Clint and Jill Tauri have
planned the expansion for
several years but other projects
at the park have taken priority.
The current tourism downturn
threatened to give them yet
another excuse to put it off again
but Mrs Tauri said their decision to
press ahead demonstrated their
confidence in the future of tourism
The Tauris bought the park from
Mr Tauri's parents in 1983. Back
then it had a selection of basic
cabins and a bunk house along
with five self-contained tourist flats
but most of their guests preferred
camping in tents and caravans.
In the ensuing years, people
began to demand more and more
amenities on their "camping
holidays", Mrs Tauri said.
"People's expectations have
risen," she said. "It used to be all
they looked for was a long drop
and a tap. Now they want internet,
fridges, freezers, heaters..."
And while there had been a recent
swing back towards traditional
camping holidays, most middle-
aged people preferred motel-
style accommodation -- warm,
comfortable units with the ability
to do their own cooking.
The original tourist flats at the
park will be demolished once
Marakura opens, bringing the total
number of units on site to 29.
The site of Marakura offers
spectacular views and Mrs
Tauri admitted it had once been
earmarked for their private
residence. However, after 17 years
of living on site they recognised
the need to be able to escape the
constant demands of work and
decided to build elsewhere. From
that point they began planning
Although other needs around the
park had often put it on the back
burner, Mrs Tauri said Marakura
had become her pet project and
she kept working away at it. Even
the interior colour schemes and
furnishings had been finalised for
more than a year.
The complex was designed
by Designbase and is being
built by Sherlock Homes. It's
expected to be completed by
August with the first guests
arriving in September, some of
whom are in New Zealand for the
Rugby World Cup.
The Tauris have been in the
tourism industry long enough to
know and understand its cyclical
nature. While things weren't
good at the moment, the World
Cup-related bookings were the
first signs of a long-awaited
turnaround, Mrs Tauri said.
There had been a lot of local
interest in Marakura and she
hoped it was seen by everyone
involved in tourism as a beacon of
optimism for the future.
"I think it's good for the town. It
shows some positive growth," she
"Everybody's a bit disillusioned
with the state of tourism --
hopefully it's good for everybody."
Te Anau Lakeview Holioday Park marketing manager Danica Tauri framed in the spectacular views from rooms in the
new Marakura accommodation units under construction at the park.
By Kirsty Macnicol
The Southland District Council has
received 61 submissions to its
Draft Annual Plan.
Submissions closed last week and
will be heard and considered by
the council on June 14 and 15,
with 12 of those who've made
submissions indicating they want
to speak to them. The number
of submission is down on the 81
received last year.
Council corporate planner
Nicole Taylor said a number of
the submissions were slightly
different this year, with many
people commenting on a variety of
proposed township projects that
communities wanted feedback on.
"It's really good to see comments
on the local projects that are
happening, such as the Riverton
cemetery toilet and the Henry
Street playground in Te Anau," Ms
"We haven't really received this
sort of feedback in the past
so it is really pleasing to see
people taking the opportunity to
let the council know their views
about projects planned in their
"A number of people have also
given feedback about proposed
grants, particularly for Te Hikoi
museum, as well as topics such as
the roading rate," she said.
Council staff are now summarising
the submissions, getting staff
comments and getting them out
to councillors to read before the
hearings next month.
The final plan, incorporating any
changes from the submissions
will be brought to the council for
adoption on June 29.
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