Support to return ownership of land at Tarawera



13 February 2020

The Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee has given its support for the transfer of ownership of land under the Tarawera Landing café to the Tūhourangi Tribal Authority.

It will recommend that the Full Council resolves, at its meeting later this month, to start the process to transfer the land back to mana whenua.

The Committee heard today [Thursday 13 February] that public access to the Tarawera Landing Reserve will continue but Council ownership and management of the section of reserve on which the café is sited is not necessary for the operation of the recreation reserve.

The report acknowledges that return of this land will be of extraordinary significance to Tūhourangi.

Council has been in discussion with Tūhourangi for some time about options for better recognition of Tūhourangi’s connection to the land at the Tarawera Landing.  As a result of these discussions, there has been agreement on the importance of a formal partnership approach to work within the wider rohe, enhancing the area (including sewage management, parking, new interpretation and cultural recognition) and developing options for the ownership, control and management of the Landing.

The land transfer will require a statutory process of revocation of reserve status under the Reserves Act and a decision by the Minister of Conservation. The land will also require sub-division from the rest of the reserve and the Reserve Management Plan will need updating.

Go to p8 of the committee meeting agenda to view the full report on this matter.


Reserve management committee for supported

The Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee resolved to support the establishment of a Reserve Management Committee to manage Rotorua’s Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve.

The recommendation will go to the Full Council later this month for its consideration.

Council has a Memorandium of Understanding with Ngāti Uenukukōpako and Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi, who are mana whenua and kaitiaki of the reserve, formalising a commitment to work in partnership to review the reserves management plan and better reflect the role of iwi.

The Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve Management Plan was adopted by Council in 2019 following extensive community consultation. The plan recognises the significant connections that Ngāti Uenukukōpako and Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi have with the reserve and describes a greater role in future management and decision making for the reserve.

The plan also proposes establishing a reserve management board pursuant to Section 10 of the Reserves Act 1977 but the Department of Conservation has since advised this is not the appropriate mechanism. Instead, it is proposed that Council establish a Management Committee comprising three representatives from Ngāti Uenukukōpako and Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi and three community representatives, including one Councillor.

The community representatives will be invited to apply through a publicly-advertised selection process. Ngāti Uenukukōpako and Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi will nominate candidates through their kōeke and mandated by Te Komiti Nui.

Council has operational funding for the reserve work programme that can be used for any costs relating to setting up the Committee. Additional funding to implementation actions and objectives of the Reserve Management Plan will be sought through Council’s Long Term-term Plan and annual plan processes or through alternative funding sources.

Go to p6 of the committee meeting agenda to view the full report on this matter.


Processes and timelines to deliver Council priorities

The committee endorsed the proposed processes and timelines to support the delivery of Council’s priorities for this triennium, development of a Housing and Thriving Communities Strategy and a Climate Action Plan.

The committee was told a number of strategies and their core objectives remain valid in supporting Vision 2030 but as a minimum, all will need to be refreshed with new targets and goals and to reflect Council’s new priorities, changing and emerging issues for the city and district and changes in the Council’s operating environment.

In addition a new Housing and Thriving Communities Strategy and a Climate Action Plan will be needed and significant work towards development of these has already been done.

A number of other key strategies and planning and regulatory policies will need to be aligned over the next 12-24 months or as required by their review timeframes including: Spatial Plan (and subsequent District Plan changes), 30-Year Infrastructure Plan and Asset Management Plans, the Long-term Plan, Waste Minimisation Strategy, and  various other strategic plans, policies and bylaws (eg open spaces policy).  And a further refresh of Vision 2030 will provide an opportunity to examine how it and the next Long-term Plan can be integrated as one vision for the district.  

See meeting preview summary of this matter HERE on Council’s website or go to p14 of the committee meeting agenda to view the full report on this matter.

See THIS LINK on Council’s website to view the presentation slides relating to this item (scroll down to below agenda).


Notice of motion

A notice of motion moved by Cr Reynold MacPherson “that the Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee provide a policy workshop on rates affordability for ratepayers with the public not excluded” was lost.

The committee heard that discussion regarding rates affordability is part of annual and long-term planning. Affordability was also a key theme of public consultation for a rates review undertaken by Council in 2018.

The motion was lost with Councillors MacPherson, Peter Bentley and Raj Kumar voting in favour.


The Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee meeting was livestreamed. The recording, agenda and presentation slides can be accessed via THIS LINK on Council’s website.


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