Notes, not minutes, from a meeting held Wednesday 27 June 2018 at 1000 in Hank Edwards Reserve.
A dozen people attended, including several Committee members and Paul Arcus, Engineer with Horizons Regional Council.
Points that were raised and answered by various people:
- Contractor will need to fix vehicle access to get machinery down for the cut.
- Council discussions with Miratanas to make that access more permanent
- Funding for more rocks is tricky as it’s very costly
- Replanting etc also adds costs
- More rocks could be a longer-term solution
- Ohau Drainage Scheme Review could include our rocks
- Ohau Drainage Scheme Review is scheduled for financial year starting after the next one
- Funding for the Cut comes from both Councils
- This is a one-off Cut
- Need regular funding
- Need a regular allocation of funding
- Current Ohau scheme finishes up-river of our footbridge
- How can we get scheme extended? Part of upcoming review.
- What about maintaining the groyne as per consent? Consent simply says how Cut can be done not that it must be done.
- Regular monitoring stopped by previous Council as too costly. They told us it was our job to monitor need for Cut.
- Last Cut about 3 years ago
- Richard Hammond can get 6 ton blocks that are 3 metres long. Concrete barriers from motorway. Could we use them?
- Aesthetic values need to be considered
- Blocks will cover with sand or shingle
- Last groyne had to be dug quite far down to prevent undermining
- Existing leftover rocks are doing nothing useful
- Boulders could be a foundation for retaining / restoring sand along coastline
- One suggestion is retaining wall of tires. Won’t work for environmental reasons. Resource consent also wouldn’t be granted
- Rodney has lost 4 metres of land to erosion
- Current boulders have lasted well
- There are lots of ideas for how to retain / restore coastline
- Sand lost in a big storm a year or two ago has come back
- We do get accretion so fixing groyne could be a longer-term solution
- Funding is the barrier to more action
- We want solutions soon, not to be waiting a year or two
- If Cut lost again could apply again for funding
- Can we make a vehicle access to beach in Strathnaver? Land is currently Recreation Reserve so would need zoning change. It’s a Council matter
- Want access from Strathnaver as emergency access for when Manga Pirau Street vehicle access can’t be used
- Horowhenua District Council told us many Acts and Consultations to work through to put tracks through Strathnaver
- One suggestion: individuals could just remove bollards and use Strathnaver track without telling Council. It was pointed out neighbours would object. Response: that doesn’t matter; there are more than us than of them.
- Dam made of large driftwood could help maybe to keep river on new track
- Law says can’t take logs off beach, not that they can’t be moved around.
- Boulders are very expensive — where does money come from?
Work on the Cut starts tomorrow (Thursday, 28 June 2018) at 7.30 am:
- High tide is good
- Cut channel and follow water down as it’s going out
- Block stream
- Dig channel small but water will ream it out
- Material removed will be put on downstream side and compacted
- In other cuts elsewhere wind blown material fills old channel
- Needs to be monitored. Consent says monitoring over next 2 months.
The meeting closed at 1050
Extra question: who takes responsibility for our polluted river?