Council adopted the final Plan at its meeting on 9 May 2019
The final Plan is now published online, with hard copies available for viewing at the Motueka Library and Motueka Service Centre.
The policies in the 'Reserves General Policies' document apply to all parks and reserves in Tasman District, including those in Motueka Ward. Our final Plan works together with this document for overall reserve management.
During the submission period (21 December 2018 - 25 February 2019) hard copies of the Draft Plan were available for viewing at our local libraries, in the reception area of our Council offices and at the Motueka Recreation Centre.
Many of our parks and reserves are already fully developed – they require little more than ongoing maintenance. However, we could develop new reserves and improve others. Following earlier feedback from the community, several development proposals and ideas were included in the Draft Plan.
Suggested improvements and changes to the current management regime for parks and reserves in Motueka Ward were summarised in the following list, included in the Draft Plan:
Improving ecological health
1. Significant Native Habitat areas (see Part 3, Section 1.2) are maintained, restored, enhanced and protected from incompatible human activities. Regular weed and humane animal pest control and revegetation enhances the integrity of these sites.
2. Planting species for rongoa/medicinal or rāranga/weaving purposes in many parks and reserves and encouraging harvesting of these materials on a sustainable basis.
3. Increasing native biomass, to restore ecological health.
4. Strengthened relationships with iwi/Māori, based on mutual good faith, cooperation and respect.
5. Kaitiakitanga (guardianship) is reflected in the way that the parks, reserves and their values are managed.
6. Increased understanding, respect and consideration of iwi/Māori perspectives, tikanga (system of beliefs) and mātauranga Māori (knowledge) and this is incorporated into reserve management.
Increasing enjoyment of parks and reserves
7. Progressively providing additional or replacement recreational amenities (e.g. information panels, toilets, picnic tables, barbeques, shade sails and other facilities) over time.
8. Plantings for greater amenity, shelter and shade.
9. New play equipment, landscaping and other developments at Newhaven Crescent Recreation Reserve (Marahau), Riwaka Memorial Recreation Reserve (Riwaka), Linden Place Recreation Reserve (Brooklyn), Ngā Piko Place Recreation Reserve (Motueka) and Tana Pukekohatu Recreation Reserve (Motueka).
10. New parking layout and time restricted parking at Otuwhero Carpark Reserve, Marahau.
11. Progressively extending walkway linkage from Little Kaiteriteri to Stephens Bay, as subdivision occurs.
12. New walking track along reserve land located between Tapu Bay and Anarewa Point.
13. Installation of a public toilet at Tapu Bay.
14. Car parking alongside Pukekoikoi Historic Reserve.
15. Development of currently unused paddock in northern half of Riwaka Memorial Recreation Reserve.
16. Development of flat area at Brooklyn Recreation Reserve.
17. Expansion of car park and provision for construction of new clubrooms by Huia Sports Club on Sportspark Motueka. Clubrooms to be available for hire by others when not in use by Club. Construction is not a guaranteed outcome at this point in time. A decision either way will be made at the time the Plan is finalised.
18. New Motueka Library at Decks Reserve.
19. Entranceway upgrade at Thorp Bush.
20. New toilets and car park at Goodman Recreation Park (longer-term project).
To help us make a decision, we asked you to provide feedback on these five questions:
1. The northern area of Riwaka Memorial Recreation Reserve is currently undeveloped. How would you like to see it developed?
2. The large flat mown area of Brooklyn Recreation Reserve is suitable for a number of potential uses. What could it be used for in future?
3. We are proposing that the area in front of the Motueka Museum is kept free of commercial uses, other than for outdoor dining associated with the museum café. Do you agree?
4. We are proposing to lease a small area of Sportspark Motueka to Huia Sports Club, to allow them to build a new multipurpose clubroom. Members of the public will be able to hire this facility when not in use by the Club. The proposed lease is for a period of 34 years. Do you support this proposal?
5. Development of Decks Reserve could be planned in a more cohesive way, highlighting this area as the central heart of Motueka town. What would you like to see included in a future development plan for Decks Reserve?