Coastal park network project

There are large areas of open space, owned by various landowners, in the lower Kaituna area. This project aims form a coastal park network by to connecting some of those areas.

This project is intended to:

  • help to connect communities and visitors to our river and projects,
  • protect significant landscapes, heritage, ecological and cultural features,
  • create a diverse range of recreational, cultural and educational opportunities.

The coastal park network could, in the first instance incorporate key wetland areas such the Lower Kaituna Wildlife Management Reserve, Te Pourepo o Kaituna, Te Pā Ika and the Te Tumu wetlands. The network could be extended over time.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council will lead this project in partnership with landowners. Tangata whenua, and other agencies (some of whom are landowners) will also be involved.

Planned deliverables include:

  • Concept plan completed by 30 June 2022.
  • Plan implementation 2023-2028.