Reserve Management Plans
There are more than 180 reserves covering approximately 560 hectares within Hastings that are owned and/or managed by Hastings District Council.
These open space areas are generally classified under the Reserves Act 1977, which requires public reserves to be managed using Reserve Management Plans. The plans ensure that reserves are managed consistently, and that the natural, recreational, historical and cultural values in the reserves are protected. The process provides the community with the opportunity for meaningful input and, once a plan is completed, a clear understanding of how a reserve will be looked after.
The Act expects the plans to provide a framework that preserves the natural character, ecosystems, landscapes and indigenous species of flora and fauna, while ensuring, as far as practicable, public access.
Generally, Reserve Management Plans set out things like what activities can be held on which reserves (eg: organised sport; overnight camping), playground management and development priorities, access into and through reserve areas, sign protocols, and landscape protection.
To date, nine reserve management plans have been completed. The plans are regularly reviewed throughout their 10-year lifespan to respond to changing circumstances or increased knowledge about a reserve.
Public consultation process
Consultation plays an important role in the preparation of all Reserve Management Plans. It provides Council with a sound understanding of relevant local issues from people who are familiar with and use the spaces. To a large degree the direction for the future development of open space is based on the views expressed by the public.
The consultation process for each plan includes workshops and open days with councillors, key stakeholders and user groups, Tangata Whenua, Council staff, residents adjoining the reserves, and the general public.
Where are we up to?
Given the number of reserves across the district and to avoid duplication of information, Council has approached the planning process in stages. It has prepared a district-wide reserves plan and continues to put together reserve plans for groups of reserve areas in an area, and individual plans for key reserves.
While 54 of the district’s open space areas are not officially gazetted as reserves, Council manages all of the areas under the Reserve Management Plan regime.
District Wide Reserve
To ensure continuity of reserve management across the district, Council has prepared a district-wide Reserve Plan.
As well as identifying management practices that are common to all of the district’s reserves, it sorts them into categories which assists with identifying those that require individual plans. The categories are: Sport and recreation; community; public gardens; open space; Linkages; cultural heritage; civic space.
While the District-Wide Reserve Management Plan applies to all reserves; in the case of a reserve which is part of a group or individual plan, the latter takes precedence.
Cape Coast Reserve Management Plan
This 10-year-plan, adopted in 2017, provides Council with a framework for the day-to-day management and decision making for 10 Cape Coast reserves in Haumoana, Te Awanga and Clifton. The plan recognises that the reserves have a variety of habitats, from beachside to lagoons and riverside, and that the community uses them for a range of activities, from camping and picnicking to playing sport.
Cornwall Park Reserve Management Plan - Draft
This 10-year draft plan recognises the importance of what is Hastings’ oldest park, gifted to the city in 1898. It is home to a number of much-loved features including the Osmanthus Garden, waterways with historic stone bridges, the King George Coronation Monument, the John Holt Memorial Display House, a bird aviary, mature trees, gardens, the district’s premier cricket ground and a popular children’s playground.
Waimarama Reserves Management Plan
This 10-year-plan, adopted in 2014, provides Council with a clear framework for the day-to-day management and decision making for seven reserves in Waimarama, including Waimarama Domain and beach areas. The plan takes into account that many of the reserve areas, particularly near the beach, are home to key community assets, including the surf club and children’s playground.
Tainui, Tauroa, Tanner and Hikanui Reserves Management Plan
These four reserves in Havelock North: Tainui, Tanner, Tauroa and Hikanui, are areas of mature trees with very popular walking and cycling tracks. The 10-year-plan (adopted in 2015) focuses on the protection and enhancement of the four reserves’ natural and recreational values.
Waipatiki Domain and Waipatiki Bush Reserve Management Plan
The two reserve areas in Waipatiki include a range of habitats and popular public areas. The 10-year-plan (adopted in 2009), focuses on the protection of the indigenous vegetation in the bush and coast areas, and the management and development of the popular ‘village green’.
Duart House Reserves Management Plan
A focus of this 10-year-plan, adopted in 2015, is the protection and enhancement of the natural and historic values of Duart House and Gardens, and its use and enjoyment by residents and visitors. The emphasis is on acting as a keeper of, and witness to, the 20th century lifestyle and heritage.
Flaxmere Park Reserve Management Plan
Flaxmere Park’s 10-year-plan, adopted in 2011, recognises that the park makes an important contribution to Flaxmere. It is a key urban recreational area on which sports and events are held and includes a popular children’s playground.
Havelock North Domain Reserve Management Plan - Draft
The 10-year-plan for this park, now called the Havelock North Village Green, recognises that the park makes an important contribution to Havelock North and the wider district. Adopted in 2015, the plan notes that the park is a key urban recreational area on which sports and events are held (including at district level), and includes a popular children’s playground.
Keirunga Gardens Reserve Management Plan
Keirunga Gardens is home to an historic building, playground, model railway, formal gardens and wooded areas. This 10-year-plan (adopted in 2009) recognises each of these distinct areas and their functions, and their importance to the community.