Pathways to the Sea

Marine sports have enjoyed over 60 years of activity at The Landing, Okahu Bay in Auckland and The Akarana Marine Sports Charitable Trust wants to ensure we are able to celebrate another 60 years at this pristine location. This is why we are developing this international quality, marine based multi-use Hyundai Marine Sports Centre.

The Hyundai Marine Sports Centre prides itself on being a fully inclusive, marine sports hub, capable of hosting world class events whilst delivering outstanding facilities for a myriad of marine based users for competitive, recreational and educational purposes. It will be a vibrant destination on the Auckland waterfront that will be open and available to the whole community.

Our Vision

To create an international quality marine based multi-sport facility to enable education and participation that is inclusive and accessible for all of our community.

Why are we doing it?

The way in which clubs and communities are delivering sport today is changing. With increasing popularity and growth, regional organisations, clubs and community groups are looking to provide stronger pathways to connect people to sports, recreation and active lifestyles.

The Akarana Marine Sports Charitable Trust aims to provide a safe and well informed environment in which people (tangata) can have fun, grow and explore some of NZ’s key taonga (treasure) – our moana (sea) and our whenua (land).

Okahu Bay has a rich historical and cultural presence on the Auckland waterfront. The new facilities preserve this history as well as enhancing the vibrant environment that is Okahu.

Our Mission – To provide a pathway to the sea.


  • To integrate with schools, other clubs and community groups to increase participation
  • To create opportunities for healthy, active lifestyles in the community
  • To capture and enhance the passion for marine activity both competitively and socially
  • To ensure the financial sustainability of associated clubs and organisations
  • To help our valuable asset, Okahu, realise its full potential.


  • Improve Education – Actively promote and provide sports education, water safety, recreation and leisure opportunities.
  • Grow Participation – Provide a safe and well informed environment in which people for all ages and stages can grow and explore in and around the sea.
  • Provide Active Entertainment – Establish a significant and safe community centre for water and multi-sport activity for leisure, training and competitive purposes.
  • For the Community – An accessible and inclusive destination that people want to engage and connect with.

Trustees & Management

The Akarana Marine Sports Charitable Trust is overseen by a group of volunteer trustees, and employed management team, all of whom are passionate about the purpose and vision of the Hyundai Marine Sports Centre.

Howard Spencer


Howard has been an active user of the landings since the late 70’s and has raced every summer on his various M Class yachts since ’93. He is passionate about sailing, youth development and ensuring this site is kept as an inclusive access point for all of Auckland to the ‘most beautiful harbour in the world’. As modern society develops, sites like this are increasingly important for the health and wellbeing for the entire community. This is one of two passion projects he is involved with, the other being the, which focusses on developing our youth to be leaders for tomorrow. Howard also has extensive business interests from farming to tech; however, he is renowned for bringing the Hyundai brand to prominence in NZ.

Graham Catley


Graham jointly founded Marstel Terminals with his wife Anne in 1987 and continues to be Managing Director. His experience in large scale project development finance and construction, is of significant benefit to Akarana Marine Sports Charitable Trust. Graham has been racing, administering and promoting water sports for the past 40+ years and is a keen golfer, sailor and general sports fan.

Te Aroha Alec Hawke


Te Aroha Alec Hawke, a kaumatua of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, has strong relationships with many institutions previously serving on both Auckland University Council and Auckland Conservation Boards.  In partnership with Emirates Team New Zealand and Akarana he has coordinated an entry-level sailing program for Ngati Whātua youth for the past 10 years.
He was a founding member of the National Waka Ama Association and organised the first outrigger world sprints, held at Ōrākei Basin in 1990. He currently sits on the Ōrākei Reserves Board and the Vector Arena Community Fund.

Anatole Masfen


With diverse business interests including co-founder of Artemis Capital and director of numerous companies, Anatole has experience across a range of industries including healthcare, energy, food and beverage and IT infrastructure. He is keenly interested in community projects and sport, particularly competitive sailing, fishing, diving, skiing and golf and is an active member of many clubs.

Sean Smith


Sean is Associate Director Campus Life, Sport and Recreation at the University of Auckland. He is responsible for creating a healthy, active and engaged campus, ensuring there are opportunities for students and staff to be involved in sport and recreation.

Jason Morgan


Jason is the Commodore of the Royal Akarana Yacht Club.