For a number of years the Hastings District Council has been talking to the community about the future development of the Havelock North natural reserves. This resulted in a Reserve Management Plan (RMP) for the Tainui, Tauroa, Hikanui and Tanner Street Reserves, which was formally adopted in 2015 after the hearing of public submissions. The plan seeks to address issues of enhancement, accessibility and safety.
Some of the works outlined in the RMP have been completed, and there is more activity planned with a focus on establishing new, separate cycling tracks and improved walking tracks, signage, as well as weed removal, tree management and increased native plantings.
Much of the planting and vegetation management has been carried out by the Tainui Reserve Care Group over the last few years, which has been invaluable for helping deliver these improved facilities.
A positive partnership has also been formed with the Bennelong Mountain Bike Club whose members have fundraised for and are voluntarily building cycle tracks in the reserves.
We will continue to keep the community updated as works progress.
The walking tracks are to be re-graded and re-routed as necessary, and resurfaced with a specially imported aggregate that meets New Zealand track standards. This work is to be carried out over a number of stages as funds allow. Separate cycle tracks are to be constructed by the mountain bike community at no cost to the ratepayer. Signage is to be installed to inform users about the walking and cycling uses of the track network as well as provide general park information. Weed removal, tree management and native planting will be ongoing. A plan is also being developed to improve the car parking at the entrance to Keith Sands Grove.
Approved cycle tracks on the eastern side have been installed with a small amount of work left to complete the network. Options are being considered for an improved, safer walkway, perhaps a boardwalk, between the reserve and the road reserve. Significant enhancement including weed control, tree management and native plantings are underway being led by the Tauroa Care Group.
Cycle tracks are being established, with plans to improve the surface of the existing walking track. Council is reviewing the entry/exit points of these tracks onto Tauroa Rd to improve safety.
Separate cycling and walking tracks, and walking track improvements have been identified for this area in the RMP. Further discussion is required to finalise the alignment of the cycle track.
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For more detailed information on the Reserve Management Plan and the Havelock Hill Reserves improvement programme go to the Reserve Management Plans page of this website.
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