Feedback Sought on Reserve Land Classification Plan

3 December 2009

Wellington City Council is planning to classify land on the South Coast, Outer Green Belt and some sites in the inner city as reserve to protect them and guide how they can be used.

The 37 sites include Te Raekaihau Point, Te Rimurapa (Sinclair Head), part of the Island Bay foreshore, the rocky outcrop at Moa Point, Pariwhero (Red Rocks), more than 200 hectares of land at Makara Peak and about 48 hectares on Wrights Hill.

A variety of possible reserve classifications are listed in the Reserves Act and Council staff have assessed the uses and importance of each site to determine what they believe is the most appropriate classification in each case.

Wellingtonians now have the opportunity to consider those proposed classifications and let the Council know what they think. Feedback and any objections are required by Friday 12 February.

The Council's Environment Portfolio Leader, Councillor Celia Wade-Brown, says the areas are generally places that most people would already regard as reserve. Most have been managed under the South Coast or Outer Green Belt management plans, but some aren't officially classified under the Reserves Act, which means the sites and their special features aren't as well protected as they could be.

"This process will ensure they all get the protection they deserve," she says. "A few of the sites on the South Coast have been classified in recent years but more specific classifications are being proposed around the baches at Pariwhero.

"It is proposed the area, including the four baches, be classified as historic reserve. The Red Rocks baches and the land around them are listed by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as an historic area and the proposed classification will better reflect that and allow them to be leased to the people who care for them now. The interesting history and these community-minded people are an important part of the South Coast atmosphere and add a level of safety and surveillance."

The details of the sites and the reserve classifications proposed for them are outlined in the draft Reserve Classification Plan, which is available from libraries, by phoning the Council on (04) 499 4444, or visiting the Public Input section of this website. Feedback can either be made online or by completing the Freepost feedback form included in the plan.