The Board wetland initiative at Rangihoua has regional significance whilst the Te Matuku project is of national significance. The work will be carried over a five year period.
The programmes of wetland restoration currently being undertaken by the Waiheke Local Board for the Rangihoua and Te Matuku Bay wetlands are the biggest in the Auckland Region. These are both being funded 100% by the Board through a combination of our special wetland upgrade budget and SLIPs.
As a result of the recent Leases Hearings Panel decision to take the wetlands out of the Golf Club lease area, the wetland restoration programme originally identified for Rangihoua was expanded to include these highly degraded areas. The recommendation from the Panel was that Council (in this case the Local Board) take over the management of these areas. Obviously, this was an unforeseen expense and means a long term commitment to the area; particularly, since the plan includes recreating a natural environment that has not existed here for decades. However, the Board has accepted this challenge and worked quickly to establish a programme of works to protect and enhance these wetlands. A budget has been allocated, and the first stage, of weed control and removal of invasive weed trees, is currently underway. See the link below, item 25 pages 14 to 16.
Member Paul Walden requested that his vote against the motion be recorded.