Wha¯nau con­test re­serve use

The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BAYLEY MOOR

Karikari res­i­dents are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter the own­ers of the Whatuwhi­whi Top 10 Hol­i­day Park with­drew their re­quest to lease part of a public re­serve.

A lo­cal wha¯nau oc­cu­pied the Pere­hipe Re­serve for two weeks to protest a for­mal agree­ment be­tween the coun­cil and the own­ers of the hol­i­day park for them to lease a 1600-square-me­tre sec­tion of the land.

Spokes­woman Caro­line Snow­den says the group had planned to stay un­til the own­ers with­drew their lease ap­pli­ca­tion, the coun­cil with­drew their of­fer and that a fence sep­a­rat­ing the hol­i­day park and the re­serve be planned.

‘‘We thought the land be­longed to the hol­i­day park, we were to­tally un­aware un­til last year that it was part of a public re­serve,’’ Snow­den says.

‘‘The peo­ple of the area were miss­ing out on util­is­ing that prop­erty be­cause a com­mer­cial ven­ture was us­ing it for their own gain, and coun­cil were en­abling that. We are elated with the news, it was what we were aim­ing for.’’

The coun­cil’s of­fer of a lease was made to the camp ground own­ers, Car­ring­ton Hol­i­day Park Jade LP, in Au­gust on the rec­om­men­da­tion of Te Hiku Com­mu­nity Board, fol­low­ing public con­sul­ta­tion.

Dur­ing the four-week con­sul­ta­tion process, 207 out of the 240 sub­mit­ters were against a for­mal lease agree­ment.

On Septem­ber 12, the camp ground own­ers told the coun­cil they no longer re­quired the lease.

The lease would have for­malised an agree­ment which had ex­isted be­tween the coun­cil and three pre­vi­ous sets of hol­i­day park own­ers to al­low over­flow campers to pitch tents on the re­serve in ex­change for main­tain­ing the re­serve and sup­ply­ing wa­ter to the public toi­lets.

Mayor John Carter says the coun­cil and Whatuwhi­whi Top 10 Hol­i­day Park will share the cost of erect­ing a fence be­tween the camp ground and the re­serve.

The coun­cil will also re­sume re­spon­si­bil­ity for mow­ing the en­tire re­serve and sup­ply­ing wa­ter to its public toi­lets, Carter says.

‘‘A con­se­quence of this out­come is that ratepay­ers will now have to shoul­der the ex­pense of main­tain­ing the re­serve and pro­vid­ing wa­ter for the public toi­lets.’’

Staff are still as­sess­ing how much this will cost, but pre­vi­ous es­ti­mates have put it at $9000 an­nu­ally, he says.

Caro­line Snow­den dur­ing her wha¯nau’s oc­cu­pa­tion of the Pere­hipe Re­serve on the Karikari Penin­sula.

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