Positive report for proposed white water park

A proposal to build a white water park in Manukau has received a shot in the arm with a favourable economic report.

Auckland Councillors asked ATEED to assess the economic viability of the park, earmarked for land in front of the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre.

It says the project could exceed the 110 full time equivalent jobs and $7.4 million a year the Counties Manukau Pacific Trust's estimated.

Events centre chief executive, Richard Jeffery, says ATEED's also highlighted the social benefit the project will bring.

"There's two courses. One for rafting and then one for our youth development programmes which is really important in getting all the school kids through."

Mr Jeffery, says a noisy minority has opposed the project.

"That's democracy, they've got every right to. Luckily though we've got a majority of councillors that see the benefit of it for the whole community, not just in the south but for the Auckland region."

Mr Jeffery hopes the report silences the critics.

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