Maketu reserve gets name change

The piece of land, in red, formally known as 83 Ford Road will soon be called Otaiparia Reserve. Supplied photo.

A popular piece of land near Maketu will soon be called Otaiparia Reserve.

The name change, from 83 Ford Road, and a concept plan to develop the coastal site was formally adopted by Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s Policy Committee.

The site is located along the Kaituna River 5.5km from Maketu. The land was purchased by Council for community use in 2016 because of its strategic location, connecting to the Tauranga Eastern Link Cycleway and Bay of Plenty Regional Council land along the Kaituna River.  

The land includes Tukotahi Marae, a boat ramp, jetty and a carpark area.

“This site is much loved and well used by recreational boat owners, local clubs and organisations, including the Maketu Coastguard and Maketu Hoe Waka Club," says Council’s Reserves and Facilities manager Peter Watson.

“The community have rallied behind these organisations, and we’re happy to have the concept plan approved so we can develop the area and include a few more amenities that everyone can enjoy.”

Peter says the community have also given their support for the name change to Otaiparia Reserve.

“Otaiparia is the name historically used to refer to the area by Tangata Whenua. This name recognises the site’s cultural significance and reflects on its coastal location.”

The approved concept plan allows for Maketu Coastguard to develop their own building on site which will be used for water safety education and training. The plan also provides for Maketu Hoe Waka Club’s continued use and development of the site and improvement of their waka launching facilities.

The existing green space will be maintained for the public to use as a large multi-use open space for recreation and community events. New facilities will include additional boat trailer parking and public toilets at a central location.

Those looking to enjoy a picnic will be able to do so via a new raised picnic area with views of the water. An area with native plants and pathways will also be developed over time.

The Policy Committee decision follows extensive consultation with the community. Initial feedback and was sought from August 27 to Friday, September 18 2020. Formal consultation followed from April 12 to May 12 2021.

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Old plans

Posted on 28-07-2021 11:38 | By SonnyJim

For the curious, old plans circa 1874-9 showing Otaiparia on the Kaituna River can be viewed at Taranga Library. Ask to see ML3994 and ML3995 in their database.