Welcome to the Marlborough Sounds and The Waikawa Ratepayers & Residents
Association Incorporated website.
The Association was incorporated on 25 March 1976.
The Association represents ratepayers and residents within the Waikawa area – a gateway to
the incredible Marlborough Sounds. Our mandate is to represent and address the issues and
concerns of all Waikawa ratepayers & residents. It has been very successful in developing,
co-ordinating, and improving the fantastic amenities and facilities within the Waikawa area
for the benefit of all future generations. This fits with our vision to ‘leave Waikawa in a better
place than we found it’.
Members of the Association are ‘custodians’ for operating the Waikawa Bay launching ramp, with funds
raised being used to support local community initiatives and projects. Our history shows we
took on the custodianship in the late 1990’s from the Waikawa Boating Club, when they
made the decision to relocate to the Waikawa Marina. We appreciate the efforts of those early
members who spent many hours maintaining and developing this facility to what we see
For some 800 years Maori have occupied Queen Charlotte Sound (Totaranui) and Waikawa
is home to the local iwi, Te Atiawa O Te Waka-A-Maui who have kaitiaki status and act as
guardian of the natural resources within the Sounds. The iwi settled with the Crown in 2014
and are active in local fishing, aquaculture, property management and forestry, in addition to
having numerous overseas business interests.
The Association acknowledges and sincerely thanks the Marlborough District Council who support
us in maintaining the facilities we have in the bay. We also thank and appreciate the ongoing
support from the many local businesses who willingly offer their services, expertise