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Draft Ahuriri Estuary & Coastal Edge Masterplan

Napier City Council has developed a draft masterplan for the Ahuriri Estuary and Coastal Edge, which we are now seeking feedback on from stakeholders and the public.

The masterplan was developed in partnership with Mana Ahuriri, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and the Department of Conservation. The masterplan is an exciting long-term, big picture vision for a thriving, healthy and resilient Ahuriri estuary and coastal edge. The plan highlights opportunities for improving water quality, encouraging appropriate uses, and creating a resilient estuary environment.

26 comments

Have a read through the comments we have received so far, if you agree/disagree with some of them simply select the agree/disagree link to show your support.

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Support stated for Sailing and fishing clubs, but what about other water sports clubs that don't have the existing facilities? How big is the shared sports space on Humber St? Can all the groups stated fit in one building? Water quality first.
Waka - 08/11/2017 @ 10:45pm
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Yes
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Instead of just a boring square tidal pool, look to Airlie Beach, Mackay and all along the QLD coast where it is unsafe to swim in the ocean they have built lagoons with fake sandy beaches that are emptied out and filled up again each day with seawater. Seeing as our Marine Parade is not safe to swim in and the beach is stony this would be ideal.
Rebecca - 08/11/2017 @ 7:24pm
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No
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I am a frequent user of Pandora Pond as a waka ama paddler and Chairperson of one of the Clubs that are located there. On many occasions the Pandora based waka ama clubs have approached the Council to consider repurposing an alternative area to the pond to allow waka ama and other water sports activities to be safely undertaken. To date those approaches have largely ignored. We are rarely consulted about Council activities or plans yet we are an all year round user of the pond. Having regard to the environmental considerations and our need to take into account the aspirations of local environmentalists and rate payers we would very much welcome a discussion and an opportunity to explore possible options to achieve a dedicated space for water sports as part of the Council's proposals. We have the existing relationships to engage directly with local tangata whenua (Mana Ahuriri) directly and will look to do so. Our aim is not to oppose progress but to ensure that the proposals provides opportunities for our whānau and the waka ama community in a way that also is responsive to the wider needs of the Napier community. Julie Tangaere Te Rau Oranga o Ngāti Kahungunu Waka Ama Club
Julie - 08/11/2017 @ 5:31pm
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No
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While it is great to have a forward thinking ambitious council, I believe that the proposal to redevelop the ahuriri estuary into a more public orientated area will only do negative things to the environment and the people of Napier. With environmental concerns of the construction itself aside, its novelty to the community will wear off after a while, and only become bad news for many people. It's unfortunate that we live in a city where crime rates such as vandalism are so high, and it's especially concerning that many of our youth are troublemakers. Like the Marine parade outfall platform, the redeveloped estuary will only encourage bad behavior and increase maintenance expenses. Most Napier residents would be unhappy if their rates were paying for repairs to the council's broken dreams, when perhaps more focus could be put into decreasing the petty criminal activity our town is plagued with. I believe the council should think more about some other developments. Personally I would like to see more of a push to build upwards instead of outwards, and make as much as we can out of the land we have got, without expanding into the natural environments surrounding Napier.
Jonty - 06/11/2017 @ 10:02pm
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Yes
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This is an ambitious proposal and will clearly take many years to come into existence. I hope that immediate priority will be given to improving the water quality of the Estuary. I am pleased to hear that work is already underway with the industries in the area to clean up their discharges. I understand that extensions of the walk and cycle ways into the North Estuary have already been removed from the plan. It is very important that the nesting and feeding sites for birds there are left undisturbed. I am also pleased to hear that the proposed Environment Education Centre and new location for the Westshore Holiday Park have also been removed from the Estuary area. I am concerned about the proposed building for waka on the edge of the Estuary at Humber Street. I would prefer this area kept clear for an uninterrupted view across the Estuary. Can the waka be housed near the toilet block? Overall, this is an exciting proposal and I look forward to future developments.
Margaret - 29/10/2017 @ 3:24pm
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Yes
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The two sandy beaches at the port end of Hardinge Road are a popular asset, quite sheltered and with slowly shelving sand especially appealing to families. Better still if the rocks that are a hazard at lower times of tide were removed. And would it be possible to use groins, imported sand and design creativity to establish a couple more further along Hardinge Road?
Robert - 26/10/2017 @ 9:49pm
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Yes
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My concern after some of our people paddled to the upper reaches of the estuary this Labour Weekend only to see the area up there full of toilet paper. Our people were stunned to see the area up there with a brown colour in the water the further you went upstream. It can't be seen from the cycle way as the estuary turns right and that's where the toilet paper starts. Urgent attention needed
Ian - 26/10/2017 @ 8:31pm
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Yes
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I am interested in knowing if the issue of connectivity of the waterways associated with the estuary will be addressed. As an example, will the nature of the floodgates be addressed and will the floodgates be made to comply to the freshwater fisheries regulations and no longer inhibit fish passage. Also I am interested in knowing whether the poor state of the creeks entering the estuary will be address. An example is saltwater creek that runs alongside Westminster avenue that has a population of eels ducks etc but is full of rubbish, is herbicide sprayed regularly and has no riparian planting. Thanks
Marli - 26/10/2017 @ 1:14pm
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Yes
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Thank for work done and for highlighting the importance environmentally of the whole estuary and its protection and enhancement. This should ren main a priority. The improvement of good sea swimming areas and pools to explore is ongoing The little beach by the port is a real haven for old and young each summer and sandy frontages like this need preserving. It is a great pity, when it is so accessible and free, that so few Napierites enjoy swimming in the sea because of the way we have let our sandy areas erode, and bult up the gravel nourishment to spoil the appearance of what should be a real attraction.We need to re-claim the foreshore for our recreation. I have been concerned at the effect of roadworks around the new entry to the airport. The building of new sand mounds and pools is no doubt to encourage bird life , but the disruption to existing patterns is always a concern. Similarly the encouragement of walkers and cyclists on pathways needs to be offset with preserving the delicate but vital bird habitat.
Murray - 24/10/2017 @ 10:10pm
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Yes
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AT PANDORA POND (Earlier rather than later): Please remove those rows of unsightly tyres in front of the kayak hire shop where the kids swim in the Pond and replace them with rows of gentle, low concrete steps down into the water (to cover both high & low tides) and spread some golden sand in that little bay for kids to walk on, rather than pebbles and sharp shells. Perhaps just concrete the steps over the tyres? A small jetty would be nice also. AT WESTSHORE BEACH (Earlier rather than later): From the very south-eastern end to just past the surf club, please put a high sloping retaining bank of large limestone rocks all along there (from above high tide mark to the top of the shingle bank) with wooden steps down from EVERY car park access area, to both stop the erosion of the land and also to provide golden sand from the washing of the limestone rather than the awful shingle washed down along the beach. The shingle would hardly ever need replenishing as it would be protected by the limestone rocks (much like Hardinge Rd, but with sand on the beach floor). Also, the sand on the beach wouldn't get covered by the shingle either. Extra sand from dredging could be put there if necc.
Alton - 24/10/2017 @ 7:06pm
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Yes
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My main thought is with the tidal pool idea, its wonderful and Ahuriri 's Hardinge road is the ideal position,. Loads of locals and visitors this would be the next best thing to a sandy beach. Please put this idea at head of the to do list for the very near future.
Howard - 23/10/2017 @ 5:22pm
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Yes
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I have two concerns. The possible detrimental affects on the bitterns by allowing public access close to their restrictive habitat on the upper part of the estuary. When the cycleway was proposed a compromise was reached between DOC, HBRC and NCC staff to provide cycle track access only in parts of the middle and lower estuary, and subject to screening, planting, and avoiding access on the tops of the stop banks. Bitterns have a low level of tolerance to disturbance. My second concern is the need to improve the quality of water entering the estuary. What is the sense at providing improved visitor facilities and resources if the water quality is not going to be improved? A catchment management approach will be best, which identifies priority areas for stock fencing and planting and suggests suitable and non suitable forms of land use. A long term aim could be that Ahuriri will return to being a suitable place for kai moana. This may be a time to set up a group to help achieve long term protection goals for the Ahuriri catchment. I am happy to speak on this submission. Thank you for this opportunity
Pat - 22/10/2017 @ 6:35pm
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Yes
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The tidal pools would be an excellent idea In past times families would shift rocks along the hardinge road water front to make splash pools for kids to play in
chris - 20/10/2017 @ 9:50pm
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I think the effort to combine improved stormwater treatment areas that provide estuarine habitat are great! This is exactly the kind of thing I would love to see more of in Napier, including greater use of functional native planting species city wide (rather than exotics). The idea of salt water tidal pools is the most exciting thing I could imagine for Napier. Its such a wonderful beach seaside town but the safe swimming options are so limited- we often lament this. Salt water tidal pools would truly put Napier on the map as a world class destination- fantastic idea, our family supports this 100% (if done well in that they will blend and are sensitive/not harmful to the natural environment)
Sarah - 19/10/2017 @ 10:35pm
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Yes
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I'm applying an approach similar to the innocent before proven guilty one, as there are far too many proposals (over 30) for me to give a definitive yes to at this stage, but will make it my mission to read through them all and respond to each item. I think every effort to retain and improve the estuary is important and am not entirely sure that the issue of traffic is enough to warrant making changes to. The bouncy thing for the children is a hit, though it's not appealing to me personally. I think waka, kayaks and boats could have a platform over on the other side of the bridge where all the other boats are so that there is no possibility of crashing into swimmers. I'll be retired by the time it's all finished but I think that having a time frame on each item would be ideal, as there is no telling which specific proposal will take 10 years or 30 and I would be more able to agree or disagree if each project has it's own timeline. Overall and without having read into it in any detail I like that there are plans for it.
Casey - 18/10/2017 @ 6:41am
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Yes
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I think you are absolutely heading in the right direction - it is great to see preservation of the natural environment and I think you have identified key areas that could be improved. Very forward thinking and proactive. I love the idea of strengthening connection to the coast with the Ahuriri village and continuing to improve the Spriggs park area. Creating space for markets, services and ceremonies is a fantastic way of improving community in the area. Love it!
Claire - 17/10/2017 @ 7:14pm
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No
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Doing away with the tyres and putting a jetty in the pond stops current users from being able to launch boards or similar craft from this end, also doing away with car parks in the same area limits how close you can get with the craft and having to carry them to the water. A lot of learners use this area to learn to paddle, where there is less threat from the Wakas using the pond. The 6 man Wakas take up a lot of room, worse when two or three are out. I feel removing the tyres and replacing with Boardwalk edge and putting a platform in for fishing will all cause issues for the current and future users. Also with the Nanny state we live with, you will have more chance of young kids falling in with the walkway beside a drop into the pond, rather than the current beach like area that exists now. This area has turned ugly ever since the Blow ups were put in last summer and I expect it to be worse this year. Has any thought been given to the kids using the sail boats on the pond, I see you are having discussion with Mana Ahuriri, is there any with the schools who use these boats?
Glenn - 16/10/2017 @ 9:45pm
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No
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"Explore feasibility of salt water tidal pools at the Beacon". I think you are also looking at the same idea in the Pond. Are these pools to be fenced and who will look after them? The pool at the Beacon would have to have sides high enough so that the wake from the boats going in and out do not swamp the users as the boats never go 5 Knots there. There are a few paddlers that paddle up stream past the two bridges towards the back of the airport, are you going to clean this area up as well and stop the practice of net fishing and driving metal pegs into the stream to hold the nets and leaving these pegs when done?
Glenn - 16/10/2017 @ 8:53pm
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No
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I think through traffic to Hastings and traffic to Taradale and Tamatea already use the expressway in preference to this route and so narrowing this wouldn't make any difference to the through traffic numbers or to the Taradale and Tamatea traffic flow. The only traffic flows it would affect would be the current Westshore, Napier city, Ahuriri , the port and Onekawa flows. This is currently quite a constant flow I think involving a number of heavy truck movements to the port, the city and Onekawa. I have big doubts that attempts to slow this by narrowing the road would have any beneficial effect on these movements. Onekawa traffic is not going to divert to the expressway. Nor is port or city traffic. So the only effect might be to congest this route more by narrowing thus forcing slower traffic but not lowering numbers at all. So if we want extra room for cyclists and pedestrians and yes I definitely think this would be worthwhile this should be put through the green belt already existing in this area along with improving this green belt area for use of pedestrians and cyclists by some of the means suggested as well as action taken as suggested to treat runoff into the estuary.
John - 15/10/2017 @ 5:08pm
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No
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Your question as to general agreement or disagreement with the overall plan is premature because I want treat each part of the plan separately and make my comments in detail on every part: I am marking it as no because of this but this is only because I HAVE to mark one or the other but I haven't read the whole plan yet and so I can't honestly say Yay or Nay yet. Here is my first submission relating to the Pandora Road Bridge proposal: While an upgrade to the bridge could be an excellent idea it does need to be done in such a way that we don't lose the natural jewel of the view of the estuary as we and visitors drive over it. Especially if it is envisaged to try and return the estuary to a healthy state for Kai Moana and other natural flora and fauna. It is my opinion that any plan should include trying to return the estuary to as near to natural and healthy as possible the same as is attempting to be done with Westshore beach, thanks to the efforts of Larry Dallimore, as a very high priority. This estuary itself is a unique natural jewel that needs protecting and promoting as such in its own right.
John - 13/10/2017 @ 9:15pm
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Yes
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Hi - I like all of your proposals - it's good - but please do not make the estuary too toylike, too false looking - by that I mean too tame - some of us really like it a bit wild and natural - away from lines and monuments and stresses - things like that - we just want a place near home to relax in, away from a city environment -so we can get it together mentally and physically. The marine parade upgrades are ok but it is sort of becoming like a Vegas style environment - to me anyway -to me it is getting 'overdone' looking. I would hate that to be imposed on our beautiful, natural and lovely estuary - I would hate our estuary it to be spoiled - I would hate it to become too 'manipulated looking'.
Christine - 22/09/2017 @ 7:24pm
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Parking is becoming in short supply in the spriggs park perfume point areas. Any reduction will limit the effect of future developments..More angle parking on the now less used footpath may help. The current wide footpath and parallel parking is less efficient in an area that that attracts lots of people. Reducing parks in the Hot Chick area is not a fit with new facilities attracting more people and vehicles to this area
phil - 21/09/2017 @ 12:18am
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I think it's great. Future planning infrastructure is good. There is increased tree cover drawn into plans but (perhaps I missed it) no reference to tree planting. Tree planting is essential to create the kind of urban environment we all desire. Hardscaping is not complete without massive tree cover. Plant trees.
Barbara - 20/09/2017 @ 8:58am
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As a frequent walker next to Saltwater Creek, the stream that runs through Taradale, Knightsbridge & Park Island, through to Anderson Park ( at least three times a week) I have noticed that the water is obviously of poor quality and the silt can be quite putrid, just ask my dog, We see shortfin eels still making their way downstream to head off into the Pacific to spawn ( these eels could be 15 to 18 years of age). HOWEVER the dredging of these creeks in urban areas to rid the creek and drains of weed seems to coincide with the eels migratory movements (summertime time) sorry I can't remember the months. God knows how many eels end up in the back of a dump truck destined for the tip. PERHAPS the council needs to change the time of year to dredge these open stormwater drains and creeks that drain into the upper Ahuriri Estuary. These secretive fish seem to hide in the winter months in upper reaches of streams or in the case of Saltwater creek, Anderson park ponds. The only negative I can see is the fact that dredging during winter the ground is soft to support the weight of a digger and dump truck.
Murray - 19/09/2017 @ 5:34pm
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Yes
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As a frequent user (12mths) of Pandora pond is any upgrades happening to prevent future sewerage outfall e.g. Millscreen on a smaller scale to Wellington. The outfall in April this year kept a number of community groups off the water and wouldn't want that to happen again. It's great the pond could have to channels to flush toxins etc out but our concern is should the sewerage line be upgraded now before it happens again
Ian - 19/09/2017 @ 9:11am
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I applaud the Council for recognising the critical importance of this wetland and support the key objectives in the Masterplan. As born and bred Napierite returning after an absence of 57 years I was appalled at the lack of marine life and diversity in the estuary. The peripheral vegetation is a drab monoculture and the sand banks and channels which once teemed with life are now largely sterile. A concise summary,circulated widely, would help to gain community support. The draft is unduly verbose. Video of problem sites and solutions is recommended to illustrate the impact on water quality
Peter - 13/09/2017 @ 7:20pm
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Comments Closed

Sorry but comments have closed for this Talk to Us. Thank you to everyone who provided their comments and votes.

The masterplan has a timeframe of 30+ years and it presents a number of potential projects and initiatives.

Go to the interactive story map to view the proposed projects. (Please note for best viewing, use browsers Chrome or Mozilla).

Read the complete Draft Ahuriri Estuary and Coastal Edge Masterplan (pdf 22 MB).

We are seeking feedback to help further refine and prioritise these projects. It is possible that this process may result in some initiatives being removed from the masterplan, and other new ones added.

Tell us your thoughts

  1. Are we heading in the right direction?
  2. What other ideas do you have that meet the three principles?
  3. Are we doing enough to preserve and enhance the environment?
  4. What are the priority projects to focus on?

Also, come along to one of our 'pop-up' events to learn more about the plan and give us your feedback. These are being held on:

  • Saturday 28 October at Spriggs Park, Hardinge Road, Ahuriri 11am to 2pm.
  • Sunday 29 October at Humber Street Reserve, Pandora 11am - 2pm.

We welcome your feedback until 8 November 2017.

 

 

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