I want to know more about management plans...
Management plans for recreation and scenic reserves are required under the Reserves Act 1977. Whitireia is made up of both of these reserves and more!
The purpose of the plan is to provide the Park Board and community a clear framework for management and decision making over the next 10 years.
A management plan must state the values of the reserve and how the administering body (in this case, the Whitireia Park Board) plan to provide for the use, enjoyment, maintenance, protection and preservation of these values.
A management plan will explain to what extent developments and activities are permitted in the park. There will be information on what changes to park amenities (e.g. new tracks or buildings) or land management (e.g. allocation of space, grazing and retirement of land) are planned for the next 10 years.
There is a management plan in place for Whitireia Park, prepared in 1978 but never updated. The Park Board is keen to retain the relevant detail from this plan but create a new plan that deals with the issues of today and provides direction for the future.
A new plan will also mark a new era for the park. The recent Ngati Toa Treaty Settlement provided for a small urupa within the park and returned some of the park land to the people of Ngati Toa. It's important that this is recognised within the management plan.
Why is Whitireia Park managed by a Park Board?
There are a few places in New Zealand where reserves are overseen by a Park Board. Park Boards have the advantage of having local people, or people with particular expertise involved in the management of the park. It is a structure that often enables a closer connection between the community and management of the park.
On 22 April 2014 the Ngati Toa Rangatira Claims Settlement Act 2014 (the Act) received royal assent. The Act establishes the Whitireia Park Board (the Board) as the administering body of the Whitireia Recreation Reserve. The Board is made up of three members appointed by Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and three members appointed by the Toa Rangatira Trust. Toa Rangitira Trust represents Ngati Toa Rangatira, mana whenua of the area and landowners within the park.
GWRC appointees to the Board are councillors from the Porirua and Kapiti Coast area. In addition, the day-to-day operation of the park is managed by GWRC who bring their expertise as managers of the Regional Parks.
The Park Board meets quarterly in Porirua and the public are welcome to attend and listen in to the meetings. There is a public participation section for those who are interested. For details of the meetings refer to http://www.gw.govt.nz/park-board/
How can I particiapte?
Here are a few easy ways:
- Check out the 'Key Dates' on this site for informal drop in sessions and Whitireia Park Board Meeting Dates
- Add your stories, korero or comments to the public forum on this site
- Send in a submission using the form provided on this site
- 'like' GWRC on facebook for updates on consultation dates