NPDC wants feedback on future of Onaero Reserve

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Consultation has opened on the draft Onaero Reserve Management Plan from Ngati Mutunga and NPDC, and we want to get your feedback on its proposals.

The aim of the plan is to enhance the reserve’s environment and improve its public use, and also highlight the reserve’s cultural and historical values.

“Onaero Reserve really is a special public space,” says NPDC Group Manager Planning and Infrastructure, Kevin Strongman.

“It’s been a place of activity and food-gathering for Ngāti Mutunga for generations, and it’s where people enjoy going for day-trips or camping, or to throw a line in the water from the beach.

“We want to improve people’s experiences at the reserve and also build on those elements that make it unique.”


Proposals in the draft plan include:

  • Making the bridge the focal point of the reserve with a strong design that draws on the landscape and Ngāti Mutunga culture.
  • Improving the entry, and traffic flow and parking within the reserve.
  • Clearly defining areas of public reserve and camping.
  • Improving the river’s edge and bird-nesting habitats.
  • Digging-out a buried stream and restoring it to its original state.
  • Providing features such as a boardwalk, and a viewing point with seating.

More information and a feedback form are online at Feedback closes on Saturday 29 July.


Fast facts

  • NPDC looks after 1,600ha of park and reserve land.
  • There are six NPDC reserves that have campgrounds, which are run by independent operators.


Caption: Concept sketch of a bridge over the Onaero awa.