Op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate legacy park if we have the willpower

Herald on Sunday - - EDITORIAL -

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

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