Taupo District Council is working towards revising its reserve management plan for Reid’s Farm.
After considering public feedback and the findings of a Reid’s Farm working group, Council has proposed reducing the length of time people can stay at the reserve, moving campers away from the Waikato River, and refining the reserve management plan to more effectively manage the reserve.
You can read the draft Reid’s Farm Reserve Management Plan here which outlines what activities can take place on the reserve, as well as other guidelines.
All submissions will be considered. If you’d like to present your submission in person, you will be invited to a hearing to be held in May 2017.
Please note all submissions are made public and will be heard in a meeting which is open to the general public.
About Reid's Farm
Reid's Farm is a popular open space recreation reserve located in an ecological corridor on the Waikato River north of Taupo. The reserve, which is accessed from Huka Falls Road or from the river, has been a popular location for picnicking, sightseeing, kayaking and camping for many years.
Recently, there has been growing concern in the community about an increase in anti-social behaviour at Reid's Farm. The reserve's location, combined with the behaviour of people camping at the reserve, particularly over the Christmas and New Year period, has resulted in increased abuse of the reserve and some conflicts between campers and those who visit the reserve during the day.
While Reid's Farm is managed by council, Police have raised concerns about the reserve after increasingly being called to deal with criminal issues and serious offences. In an effort to help reduce anti-social behaviour, Police initiated scheduled patrols two or three times a day during the summer.
Reid's Farm Reserve Management Plan
Reid's Farm is currently managed by a reserve management plan that was adopted in 1997 which allows short term camping in specific areas limited to the upper level of the reserve. The plan also states Reid's Farm should be closed to campers from May 1 to September 30 each year. Prior to the Rugby World Cup in 2011, council resolved to allow camping through the winter for the tournament, but never reverted back to the management plan's guidelines after the event. Since then, freedom camping has grown in popularity and camping at Reid's Farm has significantly increased, as have complaints around anti-social behaviour.
A comprehensive review of the management plan for Reid's Farm is underway which will help council make improvements, increase safety, address the recent issues around camping, and work with community groups to boost the overall visitor experience.
Council recognised the complexity of the issues around the future use of Reid's Farm and established a working group to help council make an informed decision. This group was made up of various key stakeholders, councillors, and council staff as well as representatives from Destination Great Lake Taupo, central government agencies, Police, local iwi and hapu and the wider community.
Initial consultation on the future use of Reid's Farm took place between 22 July and 19 August 2016. Feedback was received via email, Facebook and an online survey. This was considered by the Reid's Farm Working Group as they looked into the scale and nature of the issues.
An updated draft reserve management plan for Reid’s Farm has been created and we are now inviting the community to share their views before a final plan is approved by Council.
|Public consultation on draft plan||17 February to 18 April 2017|
|Hearings||8 to 10 May 2017|
|Deliberations||6 June 2017|
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