NZ Artificial Reef A Costly Mistake

Not exactly firing in New Zealand...

Not exactly firing in New Zealand...

NZ Artificial Reef A Costly Mistake

As reported on stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news

The Opunake Surf Reef Trust is struggling to contact the company building its problem-plagued artificial surf reef. Representatives from ASR Ltd failed to turn up to a meeting with the trust and South Taranaki District Council in January to discuss what can be done to get the reef to work.

ASR has also not provided the trust with any details of what needs to be done to finish the project. “They haven’t turned up. I’ve tried and tried and tried to get them to come to a meeting and to send some information down and none of it has arrived, so I’m getting rather frustrated,” trust chairman David Lusk said.

“They were to have sent information down regarding what was required to complete the reef and I haven’t even seen that.” He was beginning to doubt the reef would ever be finished. “There is always hope but it seems to be fading.”

Mr Lusk said he’d contacted the company several times since Christmas but was not getting any response. ASR’s managing director Nick Behunin, based in California, was in New Zealand recently but made no contact with the trust, he said.

The trust would be meeting soon to discuss what its next step would be and legal action would be considered. “It is going that way, that we need to have some answers from these guys pretty smartly,” Mr Lusk said.

The trust was also considering contacting the Bournemouth Borough Council, which is in the same situation with another ASR reef, to see if it would be interested in joining in legal action to recover its money.

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