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

12 July 2019

It’s time to review our Reserve Management Plan (RMP) for Thames and the Thames Coast.

RMP 2019

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 Thames and Thames Coast RMP was last reviewed in 2006 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 Thames and Thames Coast Reserves: Management Plan provides information about the management of individual reserves in the Thames Community Board area, which stretches from Waikawau Bay in the north, through the communities of Te Mata, Tapu, Waiomu, Te Puru, Thornton Bay, Ngarimu Bay, Tararu, Thames, the Kauaeranga Valley, Totara, Kopu, Matatoki, Puriri and south to Hikutaia.

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 these. For example, we have discovered a lack of shade in the northern section of Porritt Park and therefore we can investigate options for providing additional shade for park users.

People who use our reserves may be aware of other issues or have suggestions on how these can be managed. 

As the Crown advances settlements with iwi on breaches of the Te Tiriti of Waitangi, some reserves or parts of reserves previously included in 2006 Thames and Thames Coast RMP are 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.

Council will be holding a public drop-in session in August so you will have the opportunity to talk through the draft plan 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 tcdc.govt.nz/subscribe so you know when and where it will be.

Consultation is open from Friday 12 July and closes at 4pm Friday 6 September.

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.

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

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 customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz.

We have adopted the Coromandel-Colville RMP in May 2019, which you can view here. We have begun reviewing the RMPs for the Mercury Bay, Tairua-Pauanui and Whangamata areas and public consultation is likely to occur towards the end of 2019. 

For more information about the reserve management plan reviews, please click here or see tcdc.govt.nz/rmp.