The Department of Conservation is proposing to formally name the conservation areas along the Marsden Point – Uretiti coastline, as shown on the map.
These reserves require naming before bylaws can be enacted. Bylaws are used to manage inappropriate activities within the reserves and will enable the Department to better administer these areas.
The public is invited to make a submission on their preference between the following names:
- 'Te Tai Hoe ā ngā Tamahine Scenic Reserve' provided by Patuharakeke Te Iwi which we understand to mean ‘the sea traversed / paddled by women’ i.e. an area where women fishers were the standard practice; that this was their domain, and one considered relatively safe.
- ‘Ruakaka Scenic Reserve’, provided by the Ruakaka Parish Residents & Ratepayers Association, which has been commonly used in the area for a long time.
Following the receipt and consideration of submissions, the Department will make a recommendation on the proposed name to the New Zealand Geographic Board. The Geographic Board will then consider the recommendation and supporting documentation. If the Board agrees with the proposed name, the Department will give notice in the NZ Gazette and the Board will notify the name publicly.
Submissions must be made by 4 March 2011.
Department of Conservation
Whangarei Area Office
P O Box 147