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


Regional Moorings and Marinas Strategy finalised

Northland Regional Council members David Sinclair, left, Craig Brown, centre, and the Honourable Dover Samuels, at Opua during the April hearings of public submissions on the council’s Moorings and Marinas Strategy.

Date: 15 August, 2014

Regional Moorings and Marinas Strategy finalised

A new strategy designed to give more certainty about the way moorings and marinas will be managed in Northland over the next 20 years has been signed off by Northland Regional Council members.

Growing pressure on limited mooring and marina space around Northland’s coast – especially in the Bay of Islands – prompted the regional council to last year release a Draft Mooring and Marinas Strategy for public feedback.

The strategy was developed over 18 months after consultation with a variety of key stakeholders including local residents, boating clubs, tangata whenua, commercial and environmental interests, other local authorities, contractors and marina developers.

More than 140 people and organisations submitted on the strategy, which aims to address management issues around how and where boats can be moored in Northland, with public hearings subsequently held at Opua in April.

The three-member hearings committee was chaired by councillor Craig Brown, who represents the council’s Coastal South constituency, assisted by Coastal North constituency representative the Honourable Dover Samuels and Whangarei Urban constituency representative David Sinclair.

Councillor Brown says the committee members had appreciated the considerable time and effort people had put into their submissions and the quality and detail of the information they had provided.

“This proved invaluable to the committee when we were deliberating and influenced our recommended changes to the proposed strategy, which the full council has recently confirmed.”

Councillor Brown says the main changes in the final version are:

• A requirement for would-be marina developers to pay mooring holders market value for their moorings if these could not be relocated

• A 25 percent reduction in the size of proposed new mooring areas in Opua

• Cutting the strategy’s focus from 50 years to 20

• An increased focus on environmental impacts from moorings and marinas.

He says the council will now roll out a number of operational initiatives stemming from the strategy, including trialling some new mooring technologies.

“However, most of the strategy’s key points will be largely implemented through council’s new Regional Coastal Plan, which we expect to begin drafting early next year.”

Councillor Brown says the Regional Coastal Plan is the overarching legal planning tool for managing the use of Northland’s coast and as well as moorings and marinas, covers a large range of other activities.

“These include management of structures like wharves and boat ramps, reclamations, discharges, dredging and aquaculture.”

Councillor Brown says the public will have many opportunities to comment on these matters as the new Regional Coastal Plan is developed over the next several years.

Meanwhile, he says the finalised Moorings and Marinas Strategy can be viewed on the regional council’s website via: www.nrc.govt.nz/mmstrategy

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Q+A Transcript: Groser ‘Not Expecting’ Failure At UN Climate Talks

‘I will be very surprised if we don’t get an agreement. I think it’s a completely different situation to Copenhagen for a number of reasons. We’ve got a much more realistic negotiating proposal on the table. Secondly, I think the science has strengthened...’ More>>


Greenpeace Protest:

Climate Talks, Immigration And Housing: PM's Post Cabinet Press Conference

Prime Minister John Key began by talking about his recent attendance at the APEC and ASEAN summits. He segued neatly from the opportunities available in Vietnam to outlining his upcoming itinerary which includes Malta, Paris and Berlin. More>>


After Urgent Law Change: Beneficiaries Urged To Act Immediately

I am hoping that thousands more people will be enabled to lodge their review... people without internet, who don't even realise that this has been happening. If just a fraction of the people on facebook can help others to put in reviews tomorrow it could improve so many more peoples Christmas. More>>


Auckland: Phil Goff To Run For Mayor In 2016

Phil Goff has today announced his decision to stand as an Independent candidate for Mayor of Auckland next year... As Mayor, Phil Goff will focus on a number of issues that directly impact on the lives of Aucklanders, including tackling traffic congestion and increasing the housing supply. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Mike Moore To Step Down As US Ambassador

Yvonne and I are giving notice to MFAT that we will be leaving the Post just before Christmas on the 16th December... I am now the longest serving continuous Ambassador to the US. I didn’t seek this job but felt I should do it because great issues were at stake. The time was ripe for it. More>>


Fox Glacier: Seven Dead In Helicopter Crash

The operation to recover the victims of Saturday’s helicopter crash at Fox Glacier is a technically challenging task calling for specialist skills in an unforgiving environment, says operation commander Inspector John Canning. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news