Tomahawk Lagoon restoration

Consultation has concluded

We have heard from some of you at our two community workshops held earlier this year – now it's time to have some more say on the direction of Tomahawk Lagoon.

We have collated the information from each of the workshops, and identified some potential projects. Some of these can be ORC-led, and others may end up being led by others (with help from ORC where we can). Some projects that were suggested aren't feasible, and we've included these here with an explanation on why.

It is important to note that the bed of Tomahawk Lagoon and land immediately surrounding the lagoon is public conservation land managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC). ORC will work with DOC to ensure that any of the projects/activities listed have the support of DOC before proceeding.

Background

Members of the community championed for ORC to lead the Tomahawk Community Vision project, and it was included in the ORC 2017/2018 annual plan. This vison encompasses the Tomahawk Catchment.

Proposed projects

We received feedback on a number of projects at the two workshops including ideas to improve water quality, enhance biodiversity, recreational opportunities and formalising catchment management.

In the "Vote on projects" tab below you will find projects suggested in the workshops that will be ORC-led. You can vote on one or more projects to tell us which ones you think should be a priority.

In the "Other projects" tab, you will find project ideas that could be developed by others (either community-led or led by other organisations - ORC is happy to be involved as well). You can also find the projects we have parked for now, and why.

We are still open to new ideas so if you have something in mind that hasn't already been suggested please share this on the "New ideas" section.

Why are we consulting?

We know people who didn’t get to the workshops we ran earlier this year will want to have their say, as will those who came along.

More details?

If you have any questions please contact Nicole Foote, ORC liaison specialist, on 0800 474 082

Voting will close on 30 September. After this we will assess the results and then bring them back to the community.

Thanks for having your say!

We have heard from some of you at our two community workshops held earlier this year – now it's time to have some more say on the direction of Tomahawk Lagoon.

We have collated the information from each of the workshops, and identified some potential projects. Some of these can be ORC-led, and others may end up being led by others (with help from ORC where we can). Some projects that were suggested aren't feasible, and we've included these here with an explanation on why.

It is important to note that the bed of Tomahawk Lagoon and land immediately surrounding the lagoon is public conservation land managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC). ORC will work with DOC to ensure that any of the projects/activities listed have the support of DOC before proceeding.

Background

Members of the community championed for ORC to lead the Tomahawk Community Vision project, and it was included in the ORC 2017/2018 annual plan. This vison encompasses the Tomahawk Catchment.

Proposed projects

We received feedback on a number of projects at the two workshops including ideas to improve water quality, enhance biodiversity, recreational opportunities and formalising catchment management.

In the "Vote on projects" tab below you will find projects suggested in the workshops that will be ORC-led. You can vote on one or more projects to tell us which ones you think should be a priority.

In the "Other projects" tab, you will find project ideas that could be developed by others (either community-led or led by other organisations - ORC is happy to be involved as well). You can also find the projects we have parked for now, and why.

We are still open to new ideas so if you have something in mind that hasn't already been suggested please share this on the "New ideas" section.

Why are we consulting?

We know people who didn’t get to the workshops we ran earlier this year will want to have their say, as will those who came along.

More details?

If you have any questions please contact Nicole Foote, ORC liaison specialist, on 0800 474 082

Voting will close on 30 September. After this we will assess the results and then bring them back to the community.

Thanks for having your say!

Consultation has concluded
  • Project Ideas to develop with others

    about 1 year ago

    The following projects have been suggested for wider community and organisations to lead:

    · Add gravel and boulders into the lagoon to encourage fish spawning

    · Collate all data on the lagoon and have it publicly available

    · Erect more educational signage

    · Create better public access to the lagoon

    · Create a walking track around the lagoon (allowing for disabled access)

    · Build a boat ramp

    · Allow for commercial activities (e.g. boat hire)

    · Install public toilets


    Please note that the bed of Tomahawk Lagoon and land immediately surrounding the lagoon is public conservation land managed by the...

    The following projects have been suggested for wider community and organisations to lead:

    · Add gravel and boulders into the lagoon to encourage fish spawning

    · Collate all data on the lagoon and have it publicly available

    · Erect more educational signage

    · Create better public access to the lagoon

    · Create a walking track around the lagoon (allowing for disabled access)

    · Build a boat ramp

    · Allow for commercial activities (e.g. boat hire)

    · Install public toilets


    Please note that the bed of Tomahawk Lagoon and land immediately surrounding the lagoon is public conservation land managed by the Department of Conservation. ORC will work with DOC to ensure that any of the projects/activities listed have the support of DOC before proceeding.

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  • Other Activity

    about 1 year ago

    Establish who owns the weir structure; investigate management and replacement

    • The weir sits between the upper and lower lagoon and can be operated in an open or closed state. The weir is in poor condition. Ownership and management of the weir is not clear.
    Remove rubbish from the lagoon
    • There are some tyres visible within the lagoon, and other general rubbish

    ORC is looking into how and when this will be done. We will update this section when we have the answers.

    Establish who owns the weir structure; investigate management and replacement

    • The weir sits between the upper and lower lagoon and can be operated in an open or closed state. The weir is in poor condition. Ownership and management of the weir is not clear.
    Remove rubbish from the lagoon
    • There are some tyres visible within the lagoon, and other general rubbish

    ORC is looking into how and when this will be done. We will update this section when we have the answers.

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  • Ideas we have parked (for now) and why

    about 1 year ago

    At the first workshop a value identified was to restore the lagoon to a crystal clear, blue, clean, sparkly-water state, which has no toxic algae/limited algae growth. In addition, people wanted water that ensures water-based activities can be carried out safely, including swimming (100% of the time).

    Although the thought of swimming beachside in a beautiful lake is appealing, we also need to be realistic about what can be achieved. Even in their pre-development state, coastal lagoons rarely have blue, crystal-clear water. What ORC would love to be part of is getting the water to a safe state, with minimal...

    At the first workshop a value identified was to restore the lagoon to a crystal clear, blue, clean, sparkly-water state, which has no toxic algae/limited algae growth. In addition, people wanted water that ensures water-based activities can be carried out safely, including swimming (100% of the time).

    Although the thought of swimming beachside in a beautiful lake is appealing, we also need to be realistic about what can be achieved. Even in their pre-development state, coastal lagoons rarely have blue, crystal-clear water. What ORC would love to be part of is getting the water to a safe state, with minimal algal blooms and that supports biodiversity, cultural and recreational values.


    At the first workshop it was suggested for the sediment to be dug out of the bottom lagoon and to allow it to refill with clean water, and also for the top lagoon to be dredged.

    We have included sections of sediment removal in the projects for consideration. It is not feasible to completely dredge the entire lagoon.


    Restoring the previous (150 years ago) podocarp-hardwood forest

    ORC would like to work alongside landowners in the catchment and the community on some targeted catchment plantings. We do not consider it realistic to restore the urban and agricultural development within the catchment to a pre-European state.


    Increase public amenities including shops and cafes (e.g. ice cream vendor)

    Mobile food providers can get approval from the DCC to operate around the city. More information can be found on the DCC website.


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