An additional buoy in Oriental Bay will be placed in the location shown in the photo. There have been a number of issues with rowers and swimmers not seeing each other, particularly in the area between the eastern-most 5 knot buoy and the lighthouse.
The purpose of the buoy is to provide ocean swimmers with a turning mark, exactly 1km from Freyberg Beach. It is hoped this will serve as a training aid and reduce the numbers who would otherwise be tempted to swim to the light. The buoy will be yellow, conical in shape, and unlit. It is larger than the 5 knot buoys at approximately 1m wide by 1.5m high so that swimmers can clearly see it. The shape prevents it being used for mooring.
― Bay View newsletter 68, November 2016