Thirty-year plan for estuary work
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.
Spoonbills seen from the beside the bike trail where the Taipo Stream meets Ahuriri Estuary.