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Have your say

Takapuna Beach Concept Development Plan for Te Uru Tapu / The Sacred Grove

Closed for feedback

About the Takapuna Beach Concept Development Plan for Te Uru Tapu / The Sacred Grove

​This consultation closed on 12 July. Thank you for having your say.

Once we have finished analysing your feedback, we'll decide which of the options is most preferred.

Check back soon to see the final concept design.

​Te Uru Tapu / The Sacred Grove at the northern end of Takapuna Beach is home to ancient pōhutukawa trees that are at least 150 years old, and is of spiritual significance for mana whenua.

Due to safety and environmental concerns, we need to manage access to the area. We have developed two concept designs with input from iwi, local residents and tree specialists. These two options focus on the preserving the pōhutakawa and reducing health and safety risks.

 The boardwalk at the southern end of the Grove was closed in June 2018 due to safety concerns. You can still access the Grove from the northern end.

Concept designs

Option 1- Close all access to Te Uru Tapu/The Sacred Grove

This would involve:

  • closing all access to the Grove
  • removing all infrastructure including the boardwalk, stone lookout, benches and rubbish bins
  • carrying out work on a number of trees to reduce health and safety risks
  • upgrading the stairs from the northern promenade and installing a new ramp onto the beach
  • extending part of the sea wall
  • installing signs to showcase the history of the area
  • residents of Mon Desir and Sands no longer have access to the Grove

Option 2 – Partial closure of Te Uru Tapu/The Sacred Grove

This would involve:

  • closing the entry at the southern end to the boardwalk
  • keeping the boardwalk closed so the pōhutakawa trees which are at most risk of failing are managed so that don't pose a risk to the public
  • keeping access to the northern end open, and upgrading the lookout point
  • upgrading the stairs from the northern promenade and installing a new ramp onto the beach
  • extending part of the sea wall
  • installing signs to showcase the history of the area
  • keeping access through the Grove open for residents of the Mon Desir and Sands apartments.

​When you can have your say

You can have your say from 12 June to 12 July 2019.

This consultation closed on the 12th of July 2019. Thank you for having your say.

We had 328 submissions from the public. 84 per cent completed the online survey and 16 per cent submitted a paper survey by email or post.

The option to close the grove completely to protect the pōhutakawa trees received the most support.

Other key feedback themes

  • Some people were unhappy that there was no option to retain the boardwalk
  • Using signs to explain the history of the area and its significance to Māori was also suggested.

Changes made as a result of feedback

The closure plan presented to the Takapuna-Devonport Local Board included the following changes:

  • not removing the infrastructure at the lookout point, as this could damage the pōhutakawa roots
  • allowing some access along the Grove.

Next steps

The proposed concept design will be presented to a Devonport-Takapuna business meeting by February 2020. After a resolution, a resource consent application will be lodged.