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

and advice.