The Mahurangi Magazine

Regional parks

Coastal trail and the river-mouth ferry

The urge to walk the coastline is as old as humankind. Within three years, the 4500-kilometre England Coast Path will be opened, initiated in 2014 under a Conservative – Liberal Democrat government. Aotearoa is geographically twice…

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Criteria for crossing revisited

The principal objective of the Mahurangi Coastal Trail is to provide primary access to Te Muri. Based on vehicle countsfor 2013–2014, Wenderholm Regional Park receives an estimated 225 362 visitors per year, and Mahurangi Regional Park 59 595. It is probable then,... read more

Criteria for non-footbridge crossing

There were good and obvious reasons for considering a footbridge. But there were also a good many reasons why a footbridge across the Pūhoi Estuary, as part of the long-proposed Mahurangi Coastal Trail, was a less-than-optimal solution. Firstly, it would have had to... read more

Mahurangi-initiated 50-year plan hit by mainstream media

Dr Ronald Locker had suggested it as a national park. It was 1973, when he had suggested creation of a national park to protect his beloved Mahurangi Harbour, in Seacoast in the Seventies, which he co-authored with Professor John Morton and David Thom cbe. What Locker…

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Car-free Te Muri no mirage

The indications were entirely auspicious, even before the wrap-up. Then the commissioners, who had just finished hearing submissions on the future development of Te Muri, outlined the points they expected Auckland Council’s planning officers to cover in further... read more

Convince the commissioners and Te Muri car-free forever

Auckland Council and the community are now in accord. Scheduled to be published today, are the council’s recommendations to the commissioners who will effectively determine the future of Te Muri. When the draft management plan was published in November 2015, most... read more

Garnering major help to connect this coast

You read it there first… …in a full-page spread in Junction Magazine, profiling ‘uber-human’ Tessa Berger, the 21-year-old chair of the Mahurangi Coastal Trail Trust. Anyone reading the glossy Matakana-based magazine’s description of Tessa’s achievements to date,... read more

Future is in increasingly self-funding regional parks

Operational budget $14.5 million, acquisitions budget $0.0 million, result misery. With a new one, on average, added every other year, regional parks had been the most popular purpose Aucklanders’ rates were put to over the last 50 years. But since 2010, when the... read more

Mahurangi Action on draft variation in respect to Te Muri

The submission needs to begin by putting the planning process in context. The timing of the Auckland Regional Parks management plan variation in respect to Te Muri, coinciding as it does with the regional parks 50th anniversary, presents Auckland Council with an... read more

1 Nov. Mahurangi Coastal Trail celebrity fundraiser

The Auckland Regional Parks 50th anniversary, legacy project. That is what the Mahurangi Coastal Trail must become, if Aucklanders are to mark the first fifty years of their incomparable network of regional parks in a manner befitting its scale and vision. And in... read more

How trail can help save a habitable planet

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Guardian is throwing everything at it. Well, nearly everything. While its ‘Keep it in the ground’ campaign is all over its environment section, there is no trace, on the newspaper’s main online masthead, of the millennial moral issue. Last... read more

Three separate vs. one magnificent Mahurangi Regional Park

Waitākere Ranges Regional Park is more than 19 times the combined size of the three Mahurangi regional parks. Waitākere Ranges dwarfs the combined 900 hectares of the largely contiguous regional parks of Mahurangi, Te Muri and Wenderholm, including the 407-hectare... read more

Roll on the regional parks rolling 50th celebrations

Auckland Council is planning to push the regional parks 50th boat out. But rather than one grand event, or weekend, the celebrations will likely take the form of a season of events, rather like the way Warkworth’s 150th anniversary was celebrated. For that calendar of... read more

Trail trustees sign on and board votes to support

This week sees concrete step number three, with step four imminent. Concrete step one towards the Mahurangi Coastal Trail was last November, when Christine Fletcher’s parks, recreation and sport committee voted for work to proceed on the Te Muri Concept Plan. The... read more

Next step on coastal trail is trust and working group

Trust is the essential element in any successful collaboration. And it is never more so when that collaboration involves various community groups, elected council representatives, and council staff. Trust was clearly a key factor in Mahurangi Coastal Trail gaining its... read more

Coastal trail gains first concrete step

No better proof could possibly be had. Sat in the top-floor council chamber in the Auckland Town Hall, nine supporters of a $0.9‍ ‍million coastal trail could have been excused for feeling unsure as to whether Auckland Council’s busy parks, recreation and sport... read more

Wrong for Mahurangi but right for Great Barrier

Submission deadline 28 February 2014 Ron was wrong about two important Mahurangi issues. At the time he wrote Jade River : A History of the Mahurangi, Dr Ronald Locker dismissed sedimentation as a serious threat to the health of the harbour, despite Dr Thomas... read more

Mahurangi Coastal Trail high-tide Seaweek walk

Corrected 25 February 2014 Event date 9 March 2014 Last year’s was a low-tide walk, and wade, with the odd wallow. Partly to demonstrate that the Pūhoi River can be readily be crossed at low tide, and partly to avoid the need to arrange for craft to ferry folk across,... read more

Low-tide walk to sample low-hanging fruit

Mahurangi can best ease the region’s growing pains by not housing its share of Aucklanders. According to the introductory video on the new unitary plan website, Aucklanders want a high quality, more compact city, in the face of the expected 30-year growth rate of 600... read more

$15‍ ‍million Te Muri purchase lucky Te Araroa break

Updated 10 July 2015 An additional argument has surfaced for the coastal trail. Between Pūhoi and Wenderholm, it was planned that Te Araroa should follow the south bank of the Pūhoi River. However, that plan unravelled when a property holder along the route refused to... read more

Ten minutes and local board agrees to walk

A coastal trail, for the most part, should be built close to the water. But not only is it necessary to skirt the steep and cliff sections of the coast, the elevation gained rewards walkers with views that more than compensate for the slight exertion involved. The... read more

After a century or more ferrymen to work Sunday

Once, they were an essential part of the roading infrastructure. Ferrymen were paid the princely retainer of £15, or more if they were very lucky, to be on hand to transport travellers across the region’s various rivers. Pūhoi River ferryman George Ryan received £20... read more

Friends oppose local board bid to control regional parks

Friends of Regional Parks (FORParks) has joined ratepayer and resident associations and others across the region in opposing the move by some local boards to take control of ‘decision-making and oversight’ of regional parks in their wards. Local board control of... read more

Road would ruin future for Mahurangi coastal trail

The grandest entrance to the harbour is from the sea, under sail. Coming a sublime second is to discover the Mahurangi on foot, from Waiwera. Currently, this requires closely judging the tide and some determined wading, to cross the Pūhoi. Once across the river, the... read more

A unique role for Mahurangi and public transport

The public transport needs of the Mahurangi, in most ways, are unremarkable. Warkworth and Mahurangi East have long needed both a local bus service as well as better connectivity to Auckland’s bus system. But what is unique about the Mahurangi is that it is... read more

Te Muri acquisition key to coastal trail

It was to form part of a scenic coastal road. In 1966, when the regional council secured 63.8‍ ‍hectares of coastal land at Te Muri for that purpose, such car‑centric thinking went unchallenged. Subsequently, the regional council’s ardour for the coastal road... read more

Captain Jones’ legacy complete at Te Muri

Captain Jones had first tried to secure Ōrewa Beach. But £10‍ ‍000 was too rich for the government of the day, and so most of the land between the highway sea was subdivided—with a single beach house now fetching the several million dollars that that figure equates to... read more

Management plan review time for re-reading wedding bans

Weddings weren’t expected to be the subject of a Mahurangi Action Plan workshop. Nor did the Mahurangi Magazine expect to be posting wedding banns anytime soon. Nevertheless, the prospect of reversing the rule that effectively disallows the likes of weddings at Scotts... read more

Well worth the day out

Letter Just a note to say thanks for the very pleasant, and as you said, affirming, planting day at Sullivans Bay, Mahurangi. It was great to be there, and to catch up in such pleasant surroundings for such a good cause—well worth the day out. The Mahurangi Magazine... read more

Planting day at Sullivans Bay: Think national, act local

Event Taupö Open-Ground Open Day, 7 June 2008, 10am–2pm Sunday’s weather was sublime, as was the planting at Sullivans Bay, on a number of levels. Regional councillor Christine Rose said to the editor on her arrival, ‘I couldn’t resist your email’—notifying ‘Mahurangi... read more

Success again after three decades bleatin’ into submission

The local’s vehicle-free concept blew the regional council’s plans for a road bridge across Te Muri out of the estuary. It was 1986 and test drilling in the bed of the estuary had rudely reminded locals that the splendid isolation Te Muri enjoyed was about to be lost... read more

Origins of Auckland’s regional parks

I was a member of the Auckland Regional Planning Authority from 1960 until 1962. Each territorial local authority in the region appointed a member of the planning authority and I had been appointed by the Mt Albert Borough Council. The function of the authority was to... read more

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