Com­pro­mise over Tuapiro rid­ers

Waihi Leader - - News -

The horse rid­ing com­mu­nity and iwi have com­pro­mised over horse rid­ing at Tuapiro Point.

Rid­ers will con­tinue to use parts of the area other than the pro­tected sites of cultural sig­nif­i­cance and eco­log­i­cal sen­si­tiv­ity.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing sub­mis­sion on the mat­ter, West­ern Bay of Plenty Dis­trict Coun­cil Coun­cil has agreed to changes that pro­vide greater clar­ity on where horses can and can­not go.

Horse rid­ers will be able still use the ma­jor­ity of the area but will no longer be per­mit­ted be­yond the small is­land lo­cated on the es­tu­ary side of Tuapiro Point.

Mayor Garry Webber said the good­will shown by the horse rid­ing com­mu­nity and Nga¯ti Te Wai had en­abled both par­ties to come to the ta­ble and work out a good com­pro­mise.

“Coun­cil will now do our bit to en­sure that the right reg­u­la­tions and sig­nage are in place so that there is no con­fu­sion about the use of Tuapiro Point.

“It is in the horse rid­ing com­mu­nity’s hands to abide by the rules and re­spect the cultural and eco­log­i­cal val­ues of this spe­cial place. Coun­cil can also help ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity about these val­ues and why it is im­por­tant to pro­tect them.”

New sig­nage that clearly ex­plains where horses are per­mit­ted and the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of horse rid­ers to clean up all horse waste will be erected.

A code of con­duct will be de­vel­oped for all horse rid­ing ar­eas in the Dis­trict, to set out ex­pec­ta­tions of its use.

The pro­posed change at Tuapiro Point was pub­licly con­sulted on from May to July with open days held at Katikati, Paen­garoa and Waihi Beach.

Both Nga¯ti Te Wai and the horse rid­ing com­mu­nity made it clear they wanted to find a com­pro­mise that would ac­knowl­edge the cultural and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues while re­tain­ing what is a pop­u­lar horse rid­ing area.

A to­tal of 597 sub­mis­sions from in­di­vid­u­als, rid­ing clubs, iwi groups and oth­ers were re­ceived. The ma­jor­ity op­posed ban­ning horse rid­ing at Tuapiro Point.

In ad­di­tion to sub­mis­sions, a pe­ti­tion with more than 1500 sig­na­tures was de­liv­ered on horse­back to Coun­cil’s head­quar­ters at Barkes Corner on Au­gust 3.

Hear­ings were held at which 80 peo­ple spoke on their sub­mis­sions.

The re­vised Re­serves and Fa­cil­i­ties By­law has been rec­om­mended by Coun­cil’s Pol­icy Com­mit­tee but has yet to be for­mally adopted by Coun­cil on Novem­ber 1.

The new by­law pro­vi­sions come into ef­fect on Novem­ber 9.

Coun­cil has also de­cided to con­duct a broader re­view of the pro­vi­sion of horse rid­ing ar­eas across the Dis­trict.

This re­view is planned for 2019/20.

PHOTO / FILE.

Tuapiro Point — a new sign will clar­ify the horses rid­ing per­mit­ted and re­stricted ar­eas as well as rid­ers’ re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

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