Opportunity to create legacy park if we have the willpower
The removal of the ex-Navy houses at Hillary Cres, Belmont, and coastal environs provides an opportunity to create the Patuone/Belmont Regional Park of about 60 hectares. The park could be replanted in native tree species and, like Tiritiri Matangi Scientific Reserve and Motutapu and Motu o Ihenga (Motuihe), could be the home of many rare and endangered species such as kiwi, saddlebacks, tuatara, geckos and we¯ ta¯ .
All that is required is co-operation, goodwill and vision by iwi and central and local government working together in partnership to leave an outstanding legacy for present and future generations of New Zealanders to enjoy. The linkage of the park with the proposed Shoal Bay and Ngataringa Bay wildlife refuges (homes for critically endangered godwits and wrybills) could be an international tourist attraction. The chenier plains that form the shell banks are also an internationally significant geological feature of worldwide interest and require permanent protection.
The land is owned by Nga¯ ti Wha¯ tua
O¯ ra¯ kei, who would have to receive equivalent Crown or Auckland City land in order to meet their financial targets.
Bruce Tubb, Belmont