Published 27 October 2005
The Auckland Regional & Rodney District Councils have bought an unidentified 247ha South Kaipara property for $5.4 million for a regional park. Rodney contributed $1 million.
“For far too long Auckland has had its back turned to the Kaipara, but now we will have 2 fantastic parks on the Kaipara Harbour with quite different natural, cultural & recreation values. We are very pleased the ARC has been able to take this unique opportunity to bring another significant piece of land into public ownership,” regional council chairman Mike Lee said of this purchase & that of Atiu Creek Farm across the harbour at Tapora.
“It is important that as the region’s population continues to grow, we provide high quality recreation settings & opportunities for Aucklanders and the ARC is committed to playing a lead role in this area,” Mr Lee said.
Regional council parks & heritage committee chairman Sandra Coney said the property was unique, offering access to one of the best beaches on the Kaipara Harbour and the major lake (Lake Ototoa) on the peninsula. Lake Ototoa is currently the best freshwater lake in the Auckland region, she said.
“The South Head property is ideal for both day visits & camping. It is attractive for picnicking, fishing, and allows safe swimming,” Cllr Coney said.
Short-term, the regional council will continue to manage the property as a farm. Although it won’t be fully developed for some time, the public will have access to it.
4 October 2005: 843ha Kaipara farm gifted to ARC