The much beloved Beach Haven playboat was installed at Hilder’s Park Beach (Beach Haven Beach) by local legend Frank Larking.
In 2017, Auckland Council assessed the boat to be unsafe to remain in the water, and so it was moved on to the beach.
Responding to a petition and campaign to save the boat, the Kaipātiki Local Board resolved to allocate funding to restore and install the boat at Larkings Landing Reserve as a play item.
The Local Board also decided to include the community as much as possible in the decision-making process around the boat, and so established a steering group, that includes various stakeholder and community groups, as well as myself and Adrian Tyler from the Local Board.

The boat is due to be moved to its new home using the king tide in late March 2019.

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