So­cial me­dia sup­port for Tuapiro Point’s cam­paign to coun­cil

Katikati Advertiser - - Your Community Voice - By MAX CHRISTOFFERSEN

Anewly launched so­cial me­dia page high­light­ing cul­tural di­ver­sity of rid­ers and ac­tiv­i­ties in­volv­ing fam­i­lies at Tuapiro Point is gain­ing sup­port.

The new Face­book group Why I love rid­ing at Tuapiro fea­tures per­sonal sto­ries from fam­i­lies and rid­ers who use the area for horse rid­ing and fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties.

The page is part of a cam­paign to raise aware­ness of the so­cial and fam­ily ben­e­fits of horse rid­ing in the area, which is cur­rently un­der re­view fol­low­ing a pro­posed by­law change ban­ning horse rid­ing in the area.

Two hun­dred peo­ple have joined the Face­book group, with many posters shar­ing their fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties.

At a pub­lic meet­ing in Katikati to dis­cuss the com­ing by­law change many of the mem­bers of the Face­book group present ex­pressed con­cern about sig­nage at Tuapiro Point and in­for­ma­tion about rid­ing ar­eas which they said was con­fus­ing.

Two pub­lic meet­ings will be held in Paen­garoa Com­mu­nity Hall on June 16 from 9am to mid­day and the Sup­per Room, Waihi Beach Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, June 23 from 9am to mid­day. Feed­back on the pro­posed by­law change closes on July 9.

Spokes­woman Lisa Coul­son said the horse rid­ing com­mu­nity was keen to work to­gether with hapu¯ and coun­cil to ar­rive at a work­able so­lu­tion and the Face­book group high­lights the en­vi­ron­men­tal en­gage­ment of peo­ple with Tuapiro.

“Over­seas visi­tors, lo­cals and tourists alike all value the area and the spirit of the peo­ple who use Tuapiro point for rid­ing and fam­ily-based recre­ation.” Horse rid­ers who use Tuapiro Point are mak­ing sub­mis­sions to the coun­cil re­view to high­light the ben­e­fits of hav­ing a fam­i­ly­fo­cused area.

“We want to keep Tuapiro Point open for all com­mu­ni­ties to en­joy, whether they are walk­ing their dogs, go­ing on fam­ily walks or en­joy­ing horse rid­ing.”

Cur­rently, coun­cil is fol­low­ing a seven-week spe­cial con­sul­ta­tive pro­ce­dure— four weeks is the leg­isla­tive re­quire­ment.

West­ern Bay of Plenty District mayor Garry Web­ber said coun­cil was fol­low­ing due process. Hear­ings will be held in July for those who wish to speak to their sub­mis­sion.

To find out more and to make a sub­mis­sion about the pro­posed Re­serves and Fa­cil­i­ties By­law change and the pro­posed new Lund Rd area (part of the Katikati/Waihi Beach Re­serve Man­age­ment Plan) visit havey­our­say.west­ern­bay.govt.nz

We want to keep Tuapiro Point open for all com­mu­ni­ties to en­joy, whether they are walk­ing their dogs, go­ing on fam­ily walks or en­joy­ing horse rid­ing.’

LISA COUL­SON

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