How Should our Tairua-Pāuanui Reserves Be Used?

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This consultation closed on 8 June 2022

We've been reviewing our Reserve Management Plan for our Tairua-Pāuanui Community Board area. Our public consultation ran from 4 April to 8 June.

Hearings will be held for those submitters who wish to speak to Council about their submission. Then, our Council will deliberate the draft plan and the submissions and make a decision on the final Tairua-Pāuanui Reserve Management Plan.

Reserves are much-loved features of our district, providing opportunities for recreation, as well as a general sense of open space where we can enjoy the simple things such as a picnic with family and friends.

Our Tairua-Pāuanui RMPs were last reviewed in 2014 and we believe our communities’ needs and expectations of our reserves have changed over this time. For this reason, we are inviting your feedback.

We adopted a new General Policies in May 2019 that sets out aims, objectives and policies which will apply to all Council reserves in the district.

The draft Tairua-Pāuanui Reserve Management Plan provides information about the management of individual reserves in the Tairua-Pāuanui Community Board area.

A couple of things being proposed which may be of interest include categorising reserves based on the natural values, cultural heritage, and recreation use. This helps to recognise how the reserve can be used and outlines a management focus.

The draft plan also identifies issues and how we can manage individual reserves. People who use our reserves may be aware of other issues or have suggestions on how these can be managed.

Some examples for your consideration:

Te Karaka - including Royal Billy Point Wharf and Boat Ramp, Pāuanui

Te Karaka Pauanui

This area is known by iwi as Te Karaka. It is a reserve subject to Treaty Settlement.

Originally unformed legal road, it comprises three parcels of Crown land which were set apart as a reserve for recreation purposes and vested in our Council in trust for that purpose in 1976.

Because the Crown has reversionary interest (i.e., underlying ownership) of this land, it will be vested in Ngāti Hei and then vested back in the Crown as part of the treaty settlement. Once the land is vested back in the Crown, treaty settlement legislation will preserve the previous vesting in trust in our Council as well as our Council’s continuing role as the administering body of this reserve.

This parcel of land also provides access to the Pleasant Point and Tangiteroria Lane boat launching facilities and the Pāuanui to Tairua Trail which is a shared walkway/cycleway that is being developed and maintained by a local community group.

There are several recorded archaeological sites located on this reserve. New Zealand dotterels nest on the ocean beach and harbourside foreshore. This is a major breeding area for the dotterels and during breeding seasons the Department of Conservation fence off sections of the beach to protect their nests.

Vandalism to new and existing trees has occurred in some areas, particularly along the ocean beachfront where adjoining property owners wish to have unobstructed views. Dunes are subject to periodic erosion exacerbated by depleted vegetation cover, weed species, informal pathways, and stormwater discharge points.

During the summer period and holiday weekends, the reserves and beaches receive an influx of people and activities. Some of the activities have a detrimental effect on the reserves, particularly the use of motorised vehicles (4-wheel motorbikes and buggies) on the coastal dune areas.

Management actions include:

  • Liaising with tangata whenua to consider appropriate acknowledgement of the cultural significance of parts of this reserve and acceptable management protocols;
  • Investigating coastal erosion issues and where appropriate identify options for intervention to manage erosion in a sustainable way through the Shoreline Management Plans;
  • Continue to develop partnerships with residents and/or local community groups to support themanagement of dune areas through ‘Coastcare’ programmes;
  • Using a collaborative approach, consult with neighbouring property owners and other stakeholders on anyfuture placement of shade trees to avoid further vandalism and destruction; and,
  • Support the Department of Conservation in the protection of the New Zealand dotterels, to maintain afuture population of species in this area.
Cory Park Domain - Tairua

Cory Park Domain Tairua

Cory Park Domain is the only Sport and Recreation reserve in the Community Board area. 

The Cory-Wright family were early settlers in the area and originally owned this reserve site. Rugby has been played on the site for many years. The reserve was vested in Council when the land was subdivided in the early 1950s and is the onlyreserve in the Tairua-Pauanui area that provides a full-sized sports field.

A variety of assets are currently located on the reserve which include netball/tennis courts and an associated pavilion, playground equipment, fitness equipment, lighting, bike rack, rubbish bins, cricket nets and a public toilet at the southwestern corner.

The reserve has long been promoted as a site for a multi‐purpose sports and recreation facility.

A public consultation on whether to site a skatepark at Cory Park Domain closed on 8 April.

Tangimoana Esplanade Reserve, Tairua

Tangaimoana Reserve Tairua

This reserve provides access to and along the Tairua estuary and a small boat ramp located towards the eastern end of the reserve.

This reserve contains two archaeological sites. Tangata whenua refer to part of this area as Tangimoana or “weeping ocean”. Some of the pōhutukawa trees in this area are also known for their spiritual connections, in particular Tutuaki “stand guard” which is located within the reserve near the south-eastern boundary and Tangimanawa – “weeping heart” which is located within the road corridor to the east of the reserve. These pōhutukawa trees, and the bringing of bodies to rest in this area, are associated with an urupā located on the Ocean Beach (South End) reserve. We plan to manage the reserve under the category of cultural heritage. 

Te Karo Bay (Sailors Grave)

Te Karo Bay - Sailors Grave

This reserve is one with cultural heritage characteristics. It was vested in our Council when the surrounding land was subdivided in 1988.

Assets on the reserve include rubbish bins, picnic tables, park seats, a public toilet, gravel paths and carpark. The reserve adjoins Crown land which lies to the north and is classified under the Reserves Act as the Sailors Grave Historic Reserve.

This reserve contains a recorded Pa site and we plan to manage the reserve under the category of cultural heritage. We would like feedback on this categorisation.

Private vehicles have been driven down the walking track to the stream and beach. A management action for the reserve is to investigate options to prevent private vehicles from driving down the walking track to the stream and the beach.

How to have your say:

RMPs are a legal requirement under the Reserves Act 1977 and our Council is required to prepare RMPs for all reserves, except local purpose reserves.

As the Crown advances settlements with iwi regarding the Te Tiriti of Waitangi, some reserves or parts of reserves may be subject to settlement processes. Council is not undertaking a review of the RMPs for these parcels of reserve land and separate individual RMPs will be prepared through a process established post‑settlement. Further information can be found here.

The Coromandel-Colville and Thames and Thames Coast Reserve Management Plans were adopted in 2019. The Whangamatā and Mercury Bay RMPs were adopted in 2021. Click here for more information.

Once the consultation period is complete, hearings will be held for submitters who wish to be heard.

If you have any questions about this proposal or about how to make a submission, please contact us on 07 868 0200 or email

Developing a Reserve Management Plan 

The Reserves Act 1977 requires that our Council, as an administering body, prepare this management plan (Section 41).

Reserves Act management plans are an important reserve management tool. These management plans are developed in consultation with reserve users, community, and key stakeholder groups, with consideration to current management of a reserve.

A management plan will provide for continuity between legislative requirements, council plans and policies, and the day-to-day operation of a reserve.

This draft Tairua-Pāuanui Reserves: Management Plan applies to all reserves in the Tairua-Pāuanui area administered by our Council that are covered by the Reserves Act 1977.

Process of preparing this reserve management plan, in accordance with the Reserves Act 1977:

  • 9 April 2019 - The Tairua-Pāuanui Community Board resolved to review the 2014 Tairua-Pāuanui Reserve Management Plans. At this meeting Notification of intent to review the Tairua-Pāuanui RMP was deemed to not be required, as per section 41(5A) of the Reserves Act 1977. 
  • 22 March 2022 - Council approves draft Tairua-Pāuanui Reserves Management Plan for public consultation
  • 4 April 2022 - Council calls for submissions on the draft Tairua-Pāuanui Reserves Management Plan
  • 8 June 2022 - Submissions close
  • July 2022 - Hearings will be held for those wishing to present in person to Elected Members. If you wish to attend a hearing, please let us know as part of your submission. Once hearings have been held, the Tairua-Pāuanui Community Board Community Board and Council will make recommendations and decisions respectively on the issues raised. Where required, amendments will be made to the individual reserve details and policies.

When adopted, this management plan will replace any previously prepared reserve management plan and will be kept under continuous review to ensure that the policies are appropriate and relevant for each reserve.