Reserve Management Plans

Reserve management plans outline our general intentions for the use, development, maintenance, protection and preservation of our reserves through a series of objectives and policies.

Each management plan seeks to balance the protection of natural resources with the provision of appropriate recreational opportunities for the local and wider community. Management plans can be prepared for either individual reserves or for a group of similar reserves.

Review of Reserve Management Plans

We are currently reviewing our reserve management plans. 

The overall policies and objectives for management of reserves was recently consulted on.

General Policies and Coromandel-Colville Reserve Management Plans Hearing will be held 19 March 2019 – 9.00am at the Coromandel Service Centre, 355 Kapanga Road, Coromandel.

Reviews of the Thames and Thames Coast reserves and the Mercury Bay reserves will begin mid-2018 with consultation on drafts of plan updates likely to be available mid-2019.  As they were last reviewed in 2014, the Whangamata and Tairua-Pauanui plans reviews will begin early 2019 with consultation likely to be late-2019.

Why review our Reserve Management Plans?

Many of our Reserve Management Plans are over ten years old, and our communities’ needs and expectations of our reserves having changed over this time. Reserve Management Plans are a legal requirement under the Reserves Act 1977 and it is generally recommended that plans are reviewed at least once every 10 years.  The Whangamata and Tairua-Pauanui plans were last reviewed in 2014 so the review of these plans will be completed last.

To ensure our reserves meet the needs of our community now and into the future, we are undertaking a rolling review of our Reserve Management Plans.

Which draft Reserve Management Plans are out for public consultation?

Consulation took place from 5 November 2018 - 18 January 2019 on:

What is the Draft General Polices Reserve Management Plan?

The draft General Policies Reserve Management Plan; a district‑wide plan that sets out aims, objectives and policies which will apply to all reserves in the Thames‑Coromandel District.

This approach is different than the current approach where each of the area plans has been prepared as a plan in two parts - Aims, objectives and policies; and Individual reserves.

What is the Draft Coromandel‑Colville: Reserves Management Plan?

The draft Coromandel‑Colville Reserves: Management Plan provides information about the management of individual reserves in the Coromandel‑Colville Community Board area. 

When will the reserves in my area be reviewed?

Reviews of the Thames and Thames Coast reserves and the Mercury Bay reserves have commenced; with consultation on draft plans likely to occur in early-mid 2019

As they were last reviewed in 2014, the Whangamata and Tairua-Pauanui plans reviews will begin early 2019 with consultation likely to be late-2019.

How can you become involved?

As the review of each plan begins, a public notice will be published inviting suggestions.  Once the plan has been reviewed, the draft will be available for submissions from anyone interested for at least two months. 

If you are interested, send us an email to indicating what interests you and we will contact you directly when this matter is under review.  Also, watch out for open days in your area.

As well as indicating your interest or attending open days as each plan is drafted it will be made available for public consultation for at least 2 months.  Keep an eye on our Have your say page or sign up for each updated plan consultation.

What are the Purposes of a Reserve Management Plan?

The Reserves Act 1977 requires (s 41(3)) that a management plan "provides for and ensures" the following:

  • the principles set out in sections 17 to 23 that apply to a reserve of the relevant classification;
  • compliance with those principles;
  • use, enjoyment, maintenance, protection, and preservation of the reserve(s) as the case may require;
  • development (as appropriate) of the reserve(s) to the extent that the administering body’s resources permit, for the purpose for which each reserve is classified.

Management planning is intended to enable the administering body to establish the desired mix of use and protection for each reserve or group of reserves and set in place policy to guide day to day management. Determining community preferences, and establishing the best means to provide for them are essential ingredients for good management planning.

A management plan provides the community with certainty about the function and management of each reserve or grouping. A management plan also provides the administering body with efficiency gains in management of the reserve, by allowing exemptions from public notification in certain cases.

Learn more about management planning for reserves 
Please note that the guidance document that opens from this link has not been updated for a number of years. It does not accurately reflect the 2013 delegations from the Minister of Conservation to local authorities who administer Crown-owned reserve land. However, it still provides useful general guidance for management of reserves. 

Which reserves must be covered by Management Plans?

All types of reserves, except local purpose reserves, under the control of or vested in an administering body (the Council) must be covered by an approved management plan, or plans, under s41 of the Reserves Act 1977.

What is in our current reserve management plans?

The current plans have two parts; Objectives and Policies in part one and Individual Reserve Plans in part two.  These plans can be found at the top of the page.