Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

ARC secures new parkland at Te Arai

ARC secures new parkland at Te Arai

5 August 2008

The Auckland Regional Council (ARC) has approved the purchase of nearly 50 hectares of land at Te Arai Point in the north east of the Rodney District.

The land, adjoining a Rodney District Council coastal reserve, holds high ecological, cultural heritage, recreational and scenic values. Highly sensitive dune lake ecosystems, wetlands, coastal broadleaf forest and regenerating forest cover the majority of the land.

ARC Chairman Michael Lee says securing this property for parkland guarantees the protection of a sensitive headland which overlooks a significant section of coastline and contains some of the region's most outstanding scenic and ecological features.

"This is an outstanding piece of land overlooking a superb beach and one of the longest (23km) and most scenic beach systems on the east coast of New Zealand. The ARC is in a race against time to secure and protect our coastal landscape for present and future generations of New Zealanders," says Chairman Lee.

As well as the important natural features of this land, Te Arai o Tahuhu, or Te Arai Point, is recognised as a landmark of significant spiritual, cultural and historical significance to Tangata Whenua.

Councillor Sandra Coney, Chair of the ARC Parks and Heritage Committee, says the Te Arai Point headland is recognised for its scenic values and neighbouring Te Arai and Pakiri Beaches are a popular location for recreation.

"It was important to protect this headland from development as, with the Rodney District Council owned land, it is the prominent landscape feature on this long stretch of relatively untouched coast, between Mangawhai and Pakiri, and can provide visual and recreational linkages with the ARC's existing parkland at Pakiri," she says.

The biodiversity values of this property are high due to the rarity of the habitat nationally and regionally, and the presence of threatened plants and animals.

"The land appears to have few plant pests or weeds," says Councillor Christine Rose, Deputy Chair of the Parks and Heritage Committee and Rodney representative.

"Our preliminary assessments have shown the presence of at least nine nationally threatened birds including the Australasian bittern, the grey duck and the North Island fernbird. We are also hopeful that the threatened Auckland green gecko, which is in gradual decline nationally, can be found here."

The property, at 698 Te Arai Point Road, was purchased for $4,751,000 by way of a public tender process. Future management of the property as parkland will be considered through a Regional Park Management Plan process. This will include consultation with Iwi, Rodney District Council and the public.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election