Motakiora/Brook Park top section closed until further notice
For health and safety reasons, Waitomo District Council has closed the top section of Motakiora/ Brook Park for ALL recreational use until further notice.
As a result of the weekend’s heavy rainfall event, a section of track to the summit is hazardous and a large slip has taken out part of the mountain bike track, which is also popular with walkers.
There is risk of further multiple slips and damage if the rain continues.
The rotunda and toilet is still accessible, however we urge residents and users to exercise caution if entering this area.
Signage advising of the closure will be erected onsite soon. Please do not venture into the red zone.
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

LGNZ welcomes contribution to water policy by Land and Water Forum

27 Nov 2015, 10:58 AM

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) welcomes the release of the report and recommendations of the Land and Water Forum. 

Stephen Woodhead, Chair of LGNZ’s Regional Sector Group, a participant in the Forum, says the Forum continues to contribute to the development of policy related to the management of freshwater in New Zealand.  One of the key tasks the Forum was charged with was to provide advice on how to maximise the economic benefit of water.”

“Working with the different sectors and interests in a collaborative way is particularly challenging and the Forum has provided useful recommendations to advance the development of water policy,” says Mr Woodhead.

“Regional and unitary councils, with our communities, are investing heavily in setting limits across regions to manage water quality and the work of the Forum supports this and reinforces the direction the councils are taking.”

Many councils are using collaborative processes to develop their water plans and it is pleasing the new Bill to amend the Resource Management Act supports these processes. 

“In order to get enduring decisions, the key decisions about water management must be made at a local level and the Forum’s recommendations support this,” says Mr Woodhead.