Public consultation on the Draft Rangihoua Reserve and Onetangi Sports Park Reserve Management Plan 2022 is now open.
In April 2018, Waiheke Local Board which has decision-making responsibility for the park, approved the development of a reserve management plan. The public were first invited to provide suggestions in December 2018.
The Draft Reserve Management Plan was written after community engagement, watercourse research, and discussions with Ngāti Pāoa and other mana whenua. A proposed park vision and goals have been informed by themes that emerged from these conversations and research.
Once adopted, the purpose of the Reserve Management Plan will be to provide a framework for managing the use, enjoyment, maintenance, protection, and preservation and development of part of Rangihoua Reserve and the Onetangi Sports Park over the next ten years.
Cath Handley, chair of the Reserve Management Plan development committee says: “Aside from being Waiheke’s largest centre for sports, the land and waterways of the park are of major cultural and ecological importance. With consultation open, we encourage locals to read the draft plan and for anybody who then wishes to give feedback to do so.”
The Draft Reserve Management Plan outlines key moves for the future, including active restoration and protection of ecology; strong visual representation and kaitiaki roles for Ngāti Pāoa; more public access to the golf course and around the park; investigating renewal of sports facilities and play space development.
Public consultation is now open until 5pm on Wednesday 9 November 2022, giving the wider community and stakeholders the opportunity to make submissions at akhaveyoursay.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/draft-rangihoua-reserve-and-onetangi-sports-park-reserve-management-plan
The hearings panel will receive and consider all feedback from the community submitted over the next two months about their thoughts on the long-awaited draft.
Submitters will be given the option to indicate whether they would like to speak to their submission at a public hearing.
Waiheke Local Board (or delegated committee) will approve and adopt the final Rangihoua Reserve and Onetangi Sports Park Reserve Management Plan in July 2023.
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