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MangroveMgmtBillThe Mangrove Management Bill proposes Thames Coromandel District Council, along with Hauraki District Council may prepare a draft mangrove management plan in relation to our coastal area and maintain acceptable levels of mangrove vegetation in order to restore, protect or enhance the amenity values and/or ecosystems of the coastal area. Public submissions on the bill are being taken until Friday 23 February 2018.

The Mangrove Management Bill is borne out of frustration with the cost, time and process to reduce mangrove growth in their areas.

In the Hauraki District, the seaward advance of mangroves has reduced the feeding habitat of Arctic nesting shorebirds like the bar-tailed godwit and lesser or red knot which migrate every year to the Firth of Thames, an internationally significant tidal wetland protected by the Ramsar Convention

Hauraki District Acting Mayor Toby Adams said the Hauraki District Council is pleased to be supporting this local bill, given the significant cost and administrative difficulties councils face in the control of mangroves in localised areas.

In the Thames-Coromandel District there’s been community concern about the spread of mangroves and its impact on the Whangamata Harbour since the early 2000s.

“We’re acting on behalf of our communities who are disenchanted with the process when it comes to getting consent for mangrove removal,” said Thames-Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie.

"To date that process has consumed over a decade in time and in excess of $1.5M in costs.”

Public submissions - now closed

Submissions on the bill closed midnight Friday 23 February 2018.

Read more of this story on the Thames Coromandel District Council website https://www.tcdc.govt.nz/Have-Your-Say/Current-Items-for-Consultation/TCDC-and-HDC-Mangrove-Management-Bill-2017/

You can read the Bill here http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/local/2017/0278/latest/d56e2.html

More details about the Bill here https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_74548/tab/hansard