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Let's talk - How should we use our reserves?

05 November 2018

It’s time to review our Reserve Management Plans (RMPs). 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.

Let's Talk - RMP's

Many of our RMPs are over ten years old and we believe our communities’ needs and expectations of our reserves have changed over this time. For this reason, we are inviting your feedback.

Consultation is open from today, Monday 5 November and closes at 4pm Friday 18 January for the draft General Policies Document and the RMP for the Coromandel-Colville Ward.

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.

We have decided to develop a General Policies Document that sets out aims, objectives and policies which will apply to all Council reserves in the district. Some of the things we are looking at are:

  • Adding policy prohibiting the scattering of ashes and burial of placenta on reserves, without written approval from Council. The scattering of ashes from cremation and the burial of placenta are deeply significant experiences for family and friends.  However, it can be a concern for people using or working on a reserve to realise they may have inadvertently disturbed such remains.
  • Redrafting the policy on the gifting of land and commemorative features to enable the placement of public art in reserves where this is consistent with the reserve values, it is not cost prohibitive to install or maintain and it aligns with the arts strategy.
  • Ensuring policy in the General Policies Reserve Management Plan, including on freedom camping, dogs, natural hazards and the use of drones, is consistent with other council policy, plans and bylaws.

You can read the full draft plan and provide your feedback on the General Policies at

Where there are issues specific to a local reserve this will be addressed in the RMP for that area.

The Coromandel-Colville RMP is the first community board area to have a review.  You can read the draft plan about the management of individual reserves in the Coromandel Colville community board area at

We have begun reviewing the RMPs for Thames and Mercury Bay areas and public consultation is likely to occur in mid-2019.  Review of the Tairua Pauanui and Whangamata RMPs will begin in early 2019 and public consultation is expected to occur late 2019.

Council will be holding a series of public sessions so you will have the opportunity to talk through the draft plans with staff and provide feedback face-to-face. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page and website or sign-up to our events newsletter so you know when and where we will be.

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

The current plans can be viewed on our website here.

There are a number of ways you can give your feedback:

  • Submit using our online consultation portal here.
  • Email us at
  • Fax us on (07) 868 0234
  • Complete a submission form and post it to us at Thames-Coromandel District Council, Private Bag, Thames 3540; or drop it into a service centre in Thames, Coromandel, Whitianga or Whangamata.

Submission forms and hard copies of both draft policies and plans will also be available at our service centres in Thames, Coromandel, Whitianga and Whangamata.

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