Social media support for Tuapiro Point’s campaign to council
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.’