Protectors from the Protect Pūtiki on Waiheke are making a stand against the construction of Kennedy Point Marina, Stuff reports. Maikara Ropata, of Waiheke’s Piritahi Marae, said the start of construction heightened her awareness of the wildlife in the bay and the cultural impact of the environment being disturbed. Pūtiki Bay has huge cultural significance for Māori as the landing place of Te Arawa and Tainui waka and home to taonga species.