Thirty-year plan for es­tu­ary work

The Napier Mail - - FRONT PAGE - LAURA DOONEY

A draft plan for the Ahuriri Es­tu­ary to cover the next 30 years has within it 36 projects de­signed to help de­velop the area in a sus­tain­able way.

The Napier City Coun­cil is seek­ing pub­lic feed­back on the plan which pro­vides a vi­sion for the built and nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment of the es­tu­ary.

The coun­cil’s man­ager of city devel­op­ment, Paulina Wil­helm said the plan was put to­gether in part­ner­ship with Mana Ahuriri, Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil, and the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion

‘‘They’re all aimed at im­prov­ing wa­ter qual­ity, en­cour­ag­ing ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tiv­i­ties, and cre­at­ing a re­silient es­tu­ary en­vi­ron­ment. As a re­sult, the mas­ter­plan has a di­rect re­la­tion­ship to any­one who lives, works or owns a busi­ness in Napier.’’

The es­tu­ary was a pre­cious en­vi­ron­ment valued by lo­cals and tourists, and was un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure. ‘‘If we don’t man­age the fu­ture of this area there is a high risk of los­ing its special val­ues and char­ac­ter,’’ Wil­helm said.

The coun­cil is ask­ing lo­cals to to let them know if they think the plan is headed in the right di­rec­tion. Coun­cil staff will hold in­for- ma­tion events on Oc­to­ber 28 be­tween 11am and 2pm at Spriggs Park, Ahuriri, and on Oc­to­ber 29 be­tween 11am and 2pm at Hum­ber St Re­serve, Pan­dora.

Con­sul­ta­tion on the plan ends on Novem­ber 8.

PHOTO: CAROLYN VEEN/STUFF

Spoon­bills seen from the be­side the bike trail where the Taipo Stream meets Ahuriri Es­tu­ary.

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