Mercury Bay Ward

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Taputapuatea Spit Reserve

The Taputapuatea Spit, located along the Buffalo Beach foreshore in Whitianga and the area surrounding the Taputapuatea Stream hold special significance to Ngati Hei.

The Taputapuatea Spit is currently owned and managed by Thames-Coromandel District Council.

In 2015, the Mercury Bay Community Board approved a proposal  for Mercury Bay Forest & Bird to work in partnership with TCDC, Waikato Regional Council and Ngati Hei on a 10-year plan to plant the spit with low growing native plants suitable to the environment and other coastal vegetation on the spit.

At different times of the year, the area hosts a range of coastal bird species, including endangered species such as the NZ Dotterel.

The area is used by many local people as a pathway for walking and access to the beach. It is also a beautiful feature of the beachfront and the focal point at the intersection of SH25 and Buffalo Beach Road.

A small portion of this area (at the northern end) is currently the site of a tree trial to learn more about how to restore threatened dune systems.

All Council Reserves are managed under a Reserve Management Plan, these plans provide direction for the day-to-day management, factors that impact these reserves and establish clear directions for future management and development where appropriate.

The individual reserve plans for Mercury Bay can be viewed here to the Reserve management Plans.